Jeju Island’s Haenyo: A User’s Manual, bil-le, bil-le, beach of death

Originally posted on pagansweare:
? The women of one coastal village on Jeju Island, South Korea are so tough, even the shamans feel a certain hesitation to perform rituals there. I can attest to their toughness. Pyeol-ro-Neo-man-ri was one of the first villages I explored and probably the village, over several years, that I returned…

Jeju Island’s Haenyo: A User’s Manual, the diver who heard music underwater

Originally posted on pagansweare:
I had a beautiful experience once, one night drinking wine on a coastal boardwalk, in a village just outside of the city. It was mid-summer.  I think in those days I was inviting whoever I could to come out where I lived to share some wine and conversation. Otherwise, it was…

Jeju Island’s Haenyo: A User’s Manual, interview with a young diver

Originally posted on pagansweare:
The first in a series of posts for 2017 in which I explore issues affecting the women divers (haenyo) of Jeju Island, South Korea– issues primarily related to the gentrification and rapid development of South Korea’s largest island.  I’ve been speaking with the haenyo in depth over the last five years as…