Jeju, South Korea (03:26)
Bernard Fontanille travels to Jeju to meet shaman, Soon-Shil Suh. Shamanism came to the island approximately 3,000 years ago. Fontanille attends a ritual ceremony for ancestors; Suh explains why she cried.
Physical and Spiritual Treatment (03:07)
For many years, shamans were the only doctors available to residents; many of Suh's patients are elderly. Soon-Sha has been ill since dreaming of her mother. Suh determines the necessary treatments.
Female divers dive to depths of up to 20 meters without oxygen tanks. They often consult shamans and receive treatments at island hospitals. Fontanille and Dr. In-Chul Choi discuss the collaboration of modern medicine and shamanism.
Modern Medical Examination (02:06)
The local government urges haenyeos to see doctors by paying their medical expenses. Dr. Choi treats a woman with otitis.
Sea Women (02:32)
Haenyeos dive to provide for their families. Fontanille accompanies Dr. Choi's patient and other divers on the boat; her catch is good. She reflects on the future of Haenyeos in Jeju.
Shamanistic Destiny (03:05)
Suh and her sister show Fontanille where their mother is buried. Suh discusses her path to shamanism and the possibility that her daughter will become a shaman.
Psychological Comfort (03:12)
Shamanism has seen a revival in South Korea over the last 25 years. Suh sees a young man concerned about his future; he needs to perform a rite of passage.
Ritual Preparations (02:36)
Suh and Fontanille accompany Soon-Sha at the marketplace; she purchases victuals for an offering. Fontanille helps prepare for the ritual and shares a meal with Soon-Sha's family and friends, and Suh.
Healing Ritual (02:57)
Suh leads incantations, songs, and prayers that continue until sunset, providing meaning to Soon-Sha's pain so that she can express herself through the ancestors.
Credits: South Korea: The Return Of The Spirits—World Medicine (00:20)
Credits: South Korea: The Return Of The Spirits—World Medicine
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