(Spirit Cleansing Dance)




Salpooli means literally to wash away evil spirits. Usually a mudang(shaman) presided over the process. Shamanism is a long-held tradition which emerged around the Three Kingdoms era.
Salpooli was the climax of shaman rituals.
Its representative by-product is the unique salpooli rhythmic cycle that has been adapted in other performing arts. Salpooli is prevalent in the Honam region, the south -western part of Korea, in the form of
ssitkimgut, the soul cleansing shaman rite. This is regarded as the archetype of the present Salpooli dance which uses a white silk scarf as a key prop