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The Jeju Chilmeoridang Yeongdeunggut is a gut* ritual held in the first half of the second lunar month at the Chilmeoridang Shrine in Jeju-do. Female divers called haenyeo, shipowners and villagers gather at the shrine to practice the ritual.
The Yeongdeunggut well demonstrated the characteristics of Korean folk beliefs on the nature of gods. The Jeju Chilmeoridang Yeongdeunggut is the embodiment of the divers' belief of the Yeongdeung goddess and is a ritual unique to Jeju, not to mention that it is the only Haenyeo exocism ritual in Korea.
This ritual is a distinctive embodiment of Jeju identity and offers a sense of community to the inhabitants of Chilmeoridang village and holds special values that needs to be well preserved.
<Last updated on October 5, 2015>