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093 – Lotus Lantern Parade: 사물노리

May 18, 2010

Here’s the first in a five or six part series (which I will break from my regular three-times-a-week schedule and post all on consecutive days) on the Lotus Lantern Parade in downtown Seoul last Sunday.  It’s a huge cultural event that shut down half of the city and lasted all evening, even if Korea isn’t really a ‘Buddhist country’ anymore (no matter what your travel books say).  For all of the recordings of the parade, we were seated along the main road in the Jongno district, near 종각 (Jongak) station.

This isn’t the first Samulnori sample that I’m posted, but I think it’s a lot different than the first one.  These weren’t professionals, but the sheer number of people caused for an overwhelming effect.  Just a taste of what was to come later in the parade. (093 – Lotus Lantern Samulnori)

Recorded 5/16/10, 7:31PM (local time)

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. companisbiki permalink
    March 6, 2011 10:03 am

    Korea was never really a “buddhist” country. in Joseon Confucianism and Buddhists were both a very popular theme of study. Now, Korea is considered as a religiously tolerant country with no particular national country, but with 30% of the population being buddhist and the other 30% christian, I understand why people may have thought Korea as being a religious country. With the western influence, Christianity (specifically the protestants) have gotten recognition and also stepped into politics, and with the president being a very passionate Christian (which as a Christian myself, is not a good thing due to him being too prejudiced towards buddhists) you can say that Korea is being governed by a christian power at the moment

    • March 12, 2011 1:52 am

      Yeah, I think a lot of that is right. It’s just funny, though, since many travel books that we, as foreigners, pick up to learn our first few facts about Korea tell us that this nation is a Buddhist-majority country.

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