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Trance Mediums and New MediaSpirit Possession in the Age of Technical Reproduction$
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Heike Behrend, Anja Dreschke, and Martin Zillinger

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823253807

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823253807.001.0001

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Numinous Dress / Iconic Costume: Korean Shamans Dressed for the Gods and for the Camera

Numinous Dress / Iconic Costume: Korean Shamans Dressed for the Gods and for the Camera

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(p.116) Numinous Dress / Iconic Costume: Korean Shamans Dressed for the Gods and for the Camera
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Trance Mediums and New Media
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Laurel Kendall

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823253807.003.0006

Costuming is part of the process that enables a Koran shaman to manifest a god.  In this chapter, anthropologist Laurel Kendall considers how costumes in bold primary colors contribute to the sensory experience of a shaman’s ritual kut, both for the shaman and for the participant.  Kendall argues that in this immediate ritual setting the costume is encountered as both a visual and a tactile experience. She then describes how the costumed shaman has become iconic in different representational media and how, as a consequence of this history, the costume advances claims of authenticity when contemporary shamans present themselves to broader audiences through new media.

Keywords:   Laurel Kendall, Shaman, Korea, Material religion, Costume, Iconic image

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