05 Mar My Ancestors Have Been Calling Me Home
Today, my Ancestors have been calling me home. I’ve been working very intricately with my ancestral (Native American) guide, Annunatuk – through my Native lineage. (Yes, I am verified Apsaalooke/Crow through my maternal line – my tribe is in Montana). I am also delving deeply into my paternal lineage as my father was born in Seoul Korea.
Over the years I’ve had many healers talk to me about my psychic and energetic healing capabilities being quite profound. Both lineages (and I also found out that there is some Irish, Italian, and Jewish likely mixed in there) are deeply rooted in Shamanism throughout each of their histories. The Korean term for a female shaman is mudang and tangol (for hereditary shamans) – usually from South Korea. Mudang, in Korean religion, is a Priestess who employs “magic” to effect cures, to tell fortunes, to soothe spirits of the dead, and to repulse evil. They travel and commune in the Spirit realms with our Ancestors.
In studying, I really wish I lived in a house vs an apartment (one day🤞) as I would love to create a Sacred Tree (당산나무) – but maybe I can create a stone altar somewhere nearby…
Traditionally, in Korea, almost every village had a shrine of some sort for the village guardian spirit (서낭 Seonang, 성황 Seonghwang). These shrines (서낭당 Seonang-dang) could take various forms. They could be a small building (신당 Shindang), or a pile of stones (탑신당Tapshindang, 누석단 Nuseokdan), or a sacred tree (당산나무 Dangsan-namu, 신목 Shinmok), or a combination of those. These sacred places were the location for periodic rituals for protection, prosperity and a good harvest (or a bountiful catch in coastal fishing villages). The spirit trees are distinguished by having a left-twisted straw rope (금줄 Geumjul) around them signifying their sacred nature, often festooned with strips of white mulberry paper, white cloth, or streamers of five-colored cloth (오색천 Osaekcheon)…
So today, while it’s gray outside, I’m snuggling in to learn. Current books on my list to complete (obviously, not all in 1 day 😜):
* Grandmother’s Grandchild: My Crow Indian Life (American Indian Lives) by Becky Matthews
* Pretty-shield: Medicine Woman of the Crows (Second Edition) by Frank B. Linderman
* Shamanism: The Spirit World of Korea by Richard W. I. Guisso, Chai-Shin Yu
* The Shaman Within by Claude Poncelet, PhD
* The 13 Original Clan Mothers by Jamie Sam’s
Part of the reason I am studying my own personal lineage so passionately as I have been told by other practitioners and healers that they detect “contamination” in my body and I couldn’t help but wonder about the health problems I’ve experienced in correlation to the healings I have done. Very often, it seems I take on the illness from my clients – even despite my “cleansing rituals” and training.
I started speaking with a Korean Shaman who currently resides in Seoul. She explained that yes, while archaic, this is how my bloodline heals. I asked her how to avoid contamination. She explained to me that they work with a specific deity and call them into their bodies (transmediumship) while in trance. She explained the “disease or illness” then attaches to the deity to be transmuted back into the earth. Once you go out of trance and the deity has been thanked and released, the illness is then expelled from the practitioners body.
It’s interesting on what our ancestral lineages have passed instinctively through cellular memory and DNA. I encourage everyone to find out about your own heritage and personal lineage. Study your family tree. You’ll be amazed by what you find!