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Korean Shamans Possessed by Warlords

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Korean Shamans Possessed by Warlords

When a spirit enters their body, the mudang (Korean shaman) may engage in activities they normally don’t partake on a daily basis. Such was the case with Kim Num Sun, a shaman who practices Pyeongan Province style rituals. While she can’t drink alcohol nor smoke, her personality changes once the spirit of jangun (Korean warlord) possesses her. Her behavior suddenly becomes more masculine.

Left: Shaman Kim Num-Sun. Right: General Choi Young.

Left: Shaman Kim Num-Sun. Right: General Choi Young.

Shamans from the Hwanghae Province traditionally worshipped Korean warlords, especially General Choi Young. Some gradually prayed to military figures from other nations as well, including Genghis Khan and General Douglas MacArthur.

Mudang Seo Kyeong-Uk dresses up as a Korean warlord and dances on sharp blades with her barefoot. It’s a way to communicate with spirits and to receive their blessings. Mudang describe this as a feel-good experience.

Check out the rituals in action below:



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Roy Choi's 6 Restaurants & Eateries

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Roy Choi's 6 Restaurants & Eateries

Are you a foodie? Visiting Los Angeles? Love chasing down them food trucks? Here's a list of Roy Choi eateries:

A-Frame
12565 Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066
(310) 398-7700
http://www.aframela.com

Interior of A-Frame  (Source:   A-Frame)

Interior of A-Frame (Source: A-Frame)

Chego
727 N Broadway, Unit 117
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(323) 380-8680
http://eatchego.com/

The Leafy T at Chego  (Source: Chego)

The Leafy T at Chego (Source: Chego)

Kogi BBQ Truck
Multiple traveling trucks.
Check the website for latest locations.
http://www.kogibbq.com

Kogi BBQ Truck serves kimchi quesadillas, short rib tacos, Sriracha bars and more ( Source: Kogi BBQ ).

Kogi BBQ Truck serves kimchi quesadillas, short rib tacos, Sriracha bars and more (Source: Kogi BBQ).

Alibi
12236 W Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066
(310) 390-9300
http://www.alibiroomla.com
Can’t catch a Kogi truck?
Kogi items can be found on the Alibi menu.

Storefront of Alibi Room  (Source: Alibi Room)

Storefront of Alibi Room (Source: Alibi Room)

Interior of Alibi Room  (Source: Alibi Room)

Interior of Alibi Room (Source: Alibi Room)

Sunny Spot
822 Washington Blvd
Venice, CA 90292
(310) 448-8884
http://www.sunnyspotvenice.com
Must try their “Muh-F*K*N Mofongo”!

Two-Fisted Burgerat Sunny Spot. Open sesame!

Two-Fisted Burgerat Sunny Spot. Open sesame!

We Be Yammin' Sweet Potato Tart at Sunny Spot.

We Be Yammin' Sweet Potato Tart at Sunny Spot.

POT at The Line Hotel
3515 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010
http://www.eatatpot.com

All the hot pots on the menu at POT  (Photo: Rick Poon)

All the hot pots on the menu at POT (Photo: Rick Poon)

Interior of POT  (Source: FirstWeFeast)

Interior of POT (Source: FirstWeFeast)



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