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The Sajikdaeje rites are performed at the Sajik Altar in Seoul on Sept. 24. The rites were performed during Joseon times to pray for peace and a good harvest, and together with the Jongmyodaeje rites that were performed in honor of former monarchs, they were the two grandest national ceremonies for the Joseon people.

This year’s reenactment of the Sajikdaeje rites took place at the Sajik Altar on Sept. 24.

Every autumn, the ancient Joseon rites are reenacted at the altar out of respect for the people who performed the rites during Joseon times to pray for peace and a good harvest across the nation.

Joseon monarchs and staff at the royal palaces performed the rites and offered up their prayers. Named after the gods to whom the people were praying — sa for the god of the earth Sasin (社神), and jik for the god of the harvestJiksin (稷神) — the rites were called the Sajikdaeje. Those, and the Jongmyodaeje rites that were performed in honor of the former kings, were the two grandest national ceremonies for the Joseon people.

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This year’s Sajikdaeje rites are reenacted at the Sajik Altar on Sept. 24.

As part of the rites, the Joseon king and his royal retainers paraded from Deoksugung Palace to the Sajik Altar and at the altar, ritual music and ritual dances were performed during the ceremony.

By Chang Iou-chung
Korea.net Staff Writer
Photos: Jeon So-hyang, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
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The ritual parilmu dance is performed at the Sajik Altar as part of this year’s Sajikdaeje rites on Sept. 24.

 

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A reenactment of a parade for the Joseon king and his royal retainers heads to the Sajik Altar from Deoksugung Palace to perform the national rites on Sept. 24.

 

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A reenactment of a royal parade heads to the Sajik Alar to perform the Sajikdaeje rites and passes in front of Gwanghwamun Gate on Sept. 24.