Taejang Ceremony - The Geographical Features of Taejang

The Geographical Features of Taejang

Tae signified baby's life and destiny. In order to wish babies good luck, Korean ancestors kept Tae in a special place, and buried it in a holy place. The place was chosen, according to Pungsujiriseol. The best place for Tae was semisphere-formed land, which was located higher than the surroundings, but must not be linked with any high top of a mountain. If Tae was buried in such a holy place, the baby was believed to live a healthy and long life, succeeding later. People strongly had a belief that if Tae was buried in good earth, the baby of Tae would have a lot of good energies from the earth.

The royal family put Tae in a ceramic ware, and then installed it in a holy place. Areas or villages which had a holy place for Tae were called Taesil, Taebong and Taejang. There are now more than 20 areas which have the names of Taesil, Taebong and Taejang in South Korea. For example, in the Gyeonggi province: Yeoncheongun Jungmyeon Taebong-burag, Pocheongun Yeongjungmyeon Taebong-burag, Gapyeonggun Namsanmyeon Yangtaebong-burag and Gapyeonggun Sangmyeon Taebong-burag are areas that have common geographical features.

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