Traditional Music

전통음악 단락
Namhaean Byeolsingut
Tongyeong Ogwangdae
Tongyeong Daechuita

Important Intangible Cultural Heritage No. 82-4 Namhaean Byeolsingut


The history of Namhaean Byeolsingut dates back to the Koryo Dynasty period based on the tools preserved by the Namhaean Byeolsingut Preservation Society. The institution called Sinchung had been responsible for the education and practice of Byeolsingut during the Joseon Dynasty period, and it has been continued by a family as a hereditary tradition. Jeong, Young-Man is the current holder of Byeolsingut from the 11th generation of the family, and now the 12th generation is studying on the Byeolsingut for being the next holder. It has a very long history even comparing with the Bach family in Europe.

Namhaean Byeolsingut is a composite art combining food, music, dance, literature, and religion, and Seungbang, the female shaman responsible for Byeolsingut, should reach the highest level of arts to be Daemo(the highest Seungbang). In other words, the group responsible for Byeolsingut should be specialized artists and the spritual center of community as leaders of a folk religion. Each villages had performed Byeolsingut at every beginning of year for rich year and unification of villagers, and this tradition can still be found from Juklim Village and Jukdo Village.

Most instructors and apprentices graduated from the colleges of traditional music or dance, and are active in all parts of the country. They have participated in the monthly education by the Namhaean Byeolsingut Preservation Society at the Tongyeong Technique Delivery Center, and continued the history of Namhaean Byeolsingut.

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