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Mudangchum Modernized

In case you haven’t noticed, dear readers, I’ve been presenting traditional Asian and Buddhist cultural forms that have been reinterpreted with modern technology and aesthetics for contemporary audiences. The point is that “traditional” Asian cultures are constantly innovating new, modern forms of Buddhism and Asian culture. The whole Cyborg cultural phenomenon, with its anime and live action films, games. music and art are modern, even futuristic Asian cultural forms. Traditional Asian cultures are the greatest innovators of new and futuristic forms of Buddhism.

Another example: Mudangchum is a traditional Korean Shaman dance. In this dance presentation, Mudangchum is presented with its traditional musical score with both traditional and modern electronic instruments and arrangements. The YouTube note explains:

Mudangchum(무당춤) means a traditional Korean shaman dance. It is danced by one or more Mudangs or traditional Korean shamans often in a trance state. The title of this performance is Manshin(만신), the background music of which is blended with some modern instrument sounds. The dancers look as if they were really in a trance state!

Enjoy the dance; it’s a magnificent and breathtaking performance.

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