Pigs dream of money, good fortune to the new building

As explained to me, Go sa (고사) is a ritual to the ancestors pertaining to luck and good fortune. The ritual also involves a pig’s head too, which is a Buddhist rite. Compare this to Chae sa (체사), which is a prayer to your ancestors during Chuseok (추석).

In the case of a building being demolished, Go sa is performed in the hope that the effigy (the pig’s head) will bestow good fotune and happiness to the new building after being  treated to food, alcohol and, apparently every pigs dream,  money. In return, the pig will bestow good fortune (운수) and happiness (복).

It was the first time I’d taken pictures of Go-sa. Taken in Guro digital, an older part of Seoul, the people there are probably a bit more superstitious. The house that was demolished is now a multi-storey appartment building.

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6 Responses

  1. Interesting so where do they get the pig heads from?

  2. Went to one at Jangsu Office of Ed, staff member or teacher having one for his new Hyundai car!

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