|LEFT: a male shaman rests in between chanting sessions next to a lovely little waterfall and pond. Several lit candles and a pile of fruit with other offerings are beside him. This is a short distance up behind Seon-nyeo-am.|
|Il-wol-san page 2: Seon-nyeo-am
|(seon-nyeo usually indicates female angels or fairies,
but in this case refers to Hwang-ssi-buin herself)
|RIGHT: the portrait of Hwang-ssi-buin enshrined in the Main Hall of Seon-nyeo-am. Her right hand is palm-outwards in a Buddha-like gesture of generousity. It's hard to say what her left hand is holding -- a long curving pole, or the end of a rainbow...? Offerings of watermelon, bananas and summer-melon are on the left.
|LEFT: the abbot of Seon-nyeo-am, a senior shaman, prays deep inside an abandoned coal-mine shaft that he has refurbished as his San-shin-gak. Barely visible above him is the uncarved granite stone that serves as his San-shin icon. On the altar in front of him stand many lit candles, open bottles of soju (cheap Korean liquor, similar to vodka), and bags of candy.|
|RIGHT: myself sitting on a piled-stone outdoor San-shin shrine, built at the confluance of two streams ten minutes up behind Seon-nyeo-am.