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The Sound of Ecstasy and Nectar of Enlightenment: Buddhist Ritual Song and Dance from Korea

Story imageThis 115 minute performance features eight Korean monks who have mastered the traditional pomp'ae (chant). Derived from ancient Buddhist cermonies that were nearly lost to history, pomp'ae, literally "sacred chanting," is a Buddhist tradition of ritual chant that may be compared with Gregorian chant in the Western tradition of Christianity. It offers a rich milieu of complex vocal patterns and pure, heavy tones intended to induce ruminative calm and faciliate spiritual growth. The Young San Preservation Group's singing will be accompanied by traditional Korean drums, cymbals and gongs as well as ritualized dance pieces known as chakpop. In the entire Buddhist world, the sounds (pomp'ae) and dances (chakpop) of the Young San ceremony are unique to Korea and were nominated in 1973 for preservation as an Intangible Cultural Asset.

Location: Princeton University Chapel

Date/Time: 10/12/09 at 7:00 pm - 10/12/09 at 9:00 pm

Category: Exhibition

Department: Buddhist Studies Workshop