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Exorcism parade for pandemic-hit merchants

General 15:57 May 15, 2022
Exorcism parade for pandemic-hit merchants
Exorcism parade for pandemic-hit merchants

A modern adaptation of "narye," a rite to ward off evil spirits in the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), takes place near Changdeokgung Palace in Seoul on May 15, 2022, to support local merchants struck by COVID-19. Narye was traditionally performed by masked officiants in the Joseon era and gradually grew into a ceremony to resist a broader array of negative influences, including contagious diseases and various spirits believed to be responsible for social and personal disasters. (Yonhap)
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15:57 May 15, 2022
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