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Dongnae juldarigi

Dongnae juldarigi
The origin of Dongnae tug of war is not clear, but Dongnae tug of war was the play to wish good harvest.

And this play was distributed to all over the country.

Generally they played the game of tug of war on the 15th of january by Lunar calendar, divided into two parts, eastern province and western province and this play was to pray for the village's prosperity and appeared in a general forming of combined ritual for the rural community.

Dongnae tug of war has been transmitted from ancient period as its characteristic style, and it was suspended in 1935 under the japanese colonial rule.

The tug of war was continued for three days beginning from the 13th of January by Lunar Calendar or continued for 3days from the 14th or 15th of that month. Thousand and scores of spectators participated in this ritual spontaneously which was regular events for which many people gathered. The rope of Dongnae tug of war is larger in its scale than that of “Yeongsan”of Gyeongnam. The rope of Dongnae tug of war has three main lines against two main lines of Yeongsan's and Ki-Gi city's, and with attached scores of branch ropes to the main line of rope a big crowd of people make Dongnae tug of war more interesting than that of the other provinces.

When they made rope for tug of war, a small rope was combined to seam up to thirty-three little rope on their shoulder. They sang a song to enhance the fighting spirit and have a fun with rope. This play was represented as the shaman pray for abundant crops and the vitality of lively and animation. They believed that if the western province won the game, they would have a good harvest, it was because of the conception that the western province is females according to the cosmic dual forces which mean the principles of male and female.

Female, moon dragon and water are the fountain of vital energy. Speaking of the line, it was just like dragon and, the line of tug of war was sacred form to produce vital energy. And when the wood of ornamental hair pin was inserted, prior to the game, they took the bark out of its tree.

After that time, if they decocted it, they would bear a child or son caused by the common shaman belief. Even in the other provinces,after the tug of war game, they cut a part of rope, and put it on the roof and sometimes they decocted it. They had the common belief that the marriage recommended by divination would bring them many descendants.

Dongnae tug of war (Designated as cultural property), traditional folklore play to be able to cultivate cooperative spirit and teamwork spirit with participation, will have to be preserved and transmitted lest traditional culture heritage should get lost.

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