Sanshin the Mountain God


San-shin painting in Three Sages Shrine of Biro-sa


The Mountain God (Sanshin) is a central figure in Korean Shamanism. He is the guardian of villages, providing security and peace. If the number one god is the heavenly god, the mountain god acts as the number one earthly god. Buddhism, Daoism, Shamanism, and Confucianism worshipped Korea’s mythical founder, Tangun as the mountain god. The Mountain Spirit often appears as a handsome old man accompanied by his messenger, a tiger with a humorous expression on his face.

Read more about Korean Mountain-spirits and their shrines, Korea’s sacred peaks and mountain-worship traditions at the Sanshin website.  See also Korean Art Society’s Newsletter on Korean Shaman Art.


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