With photographs from Andrew Kim
29.7 x 21.0 cm (11.6 x 8.2 in)
46 pages, Limited Edition
Published in March, 2015

 Eunsan Byeolsinje (Village Ritual of Eunsan)
With photographs from Andrew Kim
29.7 x 21.0 cm (11.6 x 8.2 in)
94 pages, Limited Edition
Published in April, 2016

은산별신제 恩山別神祭
 Eunsan Byeolsinje
(Village Ritual of Eunsan, ChungCheongNam-Do, KOREA)

Photos and edited from Andrew Kim  |  ChungCheongNam-Do, KOREA  |  March, 2016
The ritual offered to the guardian deity of a village is called ‘Byeolsinje’ and the shaman presides over important parts of the ritual. And some places where this ‘Byeolsinje’ is maintained include parts of the East Coast area and Eunsan Village in Chungcheongnam-do Province in Korea.
It is also called 'Byeolsingut' because a shaman presides over the ritual, and it is a ritual to pray for the peace and good harvest in the village as well as for the well-being of the village people.
Eunsan-Byeolsinje ritual continues its tradition as Korean national intangible cultural heritage.
Although the timing of the creation of Eunsan-Byeolsinje ritual is unclear, but records show that it was performed every year until the end of the Joseon Dynasty, and throughout the Japanese colonial period, it is held as a major ritual lasting five days every three years in Eunsan village.
마을 수호신에게 올리는 제례 의식을 ‘별신제’라고 부르며 무당이 제례 의식의 중요 부분을 주관합니다. 그리고 이 별신제가 유지되고 있는 곳으로 동해안 지역 일부와 충남 은산 마을이 있습니다.
무당이 의식을 주관하기에 ‘별신굿’으로도 부르는데, 마을의 평화와 풍년은 물론 마을 사람의 안녕을 기원하는 의식으로 은산별신제는 대한민국 국가무형문화유산으로 그 전통을 이어가고 있습니다.

은산별신제의 생성 시기는 정확하지 않으나 조선시대 말까지 매년 봉행된 것으로 기록이 전해지며, 일제강점기를 거치면서 3년마다 닷새 동안 이어지는 대제로 행하고 있습니다.