Cycle 3 – Item 264
25 (Tue) September 2012
Veneration of the Dead
at Pungsan Cemetery Park
-Bonghan, Byeongcheon, Dongnam, Cheonan, Chuncheongnam, Republic of Korea-
with W and DJ, Mom + Dad, paternal relatives
Fancier gravesites include an altar for offering foods and drinks to the spirits of the deceased, same ritual as the jesa (see generally 1.021 Jesa Spread), though typically a bit smaller in scale. Descendants take turns to light incense, pour a cup of rice wine, and place spoons and chopsticks on various dishes – some people take this literally to mean that the spirits in fact eat and drink the offerings. The spread is essentially the same as a typical Korean at-home meal, including rice + soup + meats + banchan + fruits for dessert (see generally ATKAHM) – but no kimchi, though I don’t know why.
After the ancestors have had their fill, the food and drink are removed from the alter and brought to the table, so that the living may finish the leftovers.
To supplement the meal, my mother also prepares dishes that aren’t offered to the dead, though I don’t know why.
(See also GLOBAL FOOD GLOSSARY)
(See also RESTAURANTS IN KOREA)