The hat paired with Mountain Spirit, wow!
Yes. The connection is quite interesting. The hat is actually meant to resemble mountain peaks. The horsehair used to make the scholar's hat is also the same material the Mountain Spirit's hat is made of!
Tell me more.
This painting features a Mountain Spirit or Sanshin, a figure from Korean Shamanism. Different Areas could have different Mountain spirits, who were associated with fertility and abundance and with protection, especially of babies.
Korean Buddhism absorbed shamanist beliefs and practices, and so a shrine to the Mountain Spirit could often be found in a buddhist temple. Women would go to the shrine to hold vigil (in extreme cases for as many as 100 days) and pray for pregnancy, and especially a male baby.
What does the term "shamanist" religion refer to in a Korean context?
Korean Shamanism was closely tied to nature. An example of a shamanist deity is the Mountain Spirit represented in this painting.
Korean Shamanism shares roots with Chinese Taoism and was later absorbed by the Korean approach to Buddhism.
Thanks, so interesting!