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Mugungwha Mudang Bosal

I am proud to introduce Mugungwha Bosal here. It is probably the first time that a Mudang provides such an intimate insight into her daily practice. Of course, there are many believers and opponents who all express their own opinion, but here it comes from the source itself.
Dangun painting at Buddhist temple.
It is a source to which many Koreans enjoy themselves. The history of Shamanism goes back at least 5000 years when the Dangun (also known as Tangun) myth arose. This myth marks the origin of Korea. We will elaborate on this myth later, for now, it suffices that every Buddhist temple in Korea has a portrait of the Mythical king. Shamanic practise is now viewed more as a way of life than as a religion. It is supposed to bring harmony with nature, to bring personal power and spiritual and psychological enlightenment. It is also seen as traditional medicine.
Charye altare at Chuseok offering to ancestors.
And harmony certainly it brings! During Chuseok, the traditional harvest festival, every Korean goes to his birth village to commemorate the whole family there. A shamanic ritual is, therefore, taking place in the home. I have been able to experience it a few times. I thought it was a great honor to be able to bow to his family together with Kim Young Soo from the
Baedagol theme park. A Shamanistic ritual also took place at the opening of this theme park
The entire culture of Korea is imbued with Shamanic influences and so we will get a glimpse.
Our priest briefly introduces herself:
““Annyeonghaseyo (Hello) I am Mugunghwa Bosal (which is Korean for Hibiscus Bodhisattva). I was officially initiated as a shaman priest in the native Korean tradition and also a professional psychic and fortune teller. I am also dedicated by the Universal Life Church Ministries.
I was born in Seoul and lived there until I was six years old. Since then I have lived all over the United States. I trained with a master mudang (called manshin 만신) for years, and continue still, as we typically go through training for at least 10 years. Tarot, Oracle and traditional Korean methods are used, as well as an innate ability to tune into energy and spirits that can cause problems. I am able to calm these spirits and can perform Ryeongki (령기, the Korean equivalent of reiki) from a long distance to remove and cure blockages.” 
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The Shamanistic view is deeply rooted in nature, which is why it makes it extremely seriously. Sometimes she goes beyond our sceptical mind, but I am convinced that she can and will make a contribution to a more tolerant and nature-conscious Western society.
Hugo J. Smal – Chief editor The Mantifang
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