5.266 Sanso Spread

5.266

28 (Sun) September 2014

 Sanso Spread

3.5

by Mom

at Pungsan Cemetery Park

-Bonghan, Byeongcheon, Dongnam, Cheonan, Chuncheongnam, Republic of Korea-

with the Family, Mom and Dad, paternal relatives

The Prodigal Son Returns to Pay His Respects (Day 2 of 3)

In town for the weekend to care of a few random personal matters, including a visit to my grandparents’ cemetery.

In Korea, cemeteries are traditionally found on low mountains – sanso (산소) = mountain (san) place (so) – which are carved into wide flat steps.
Our family plot, where my paternal grandparents were laid to rest, with spaces for my parents and my uncle and aunt, is located in Cheonan, about 120 km from central Seoul.
We visit the cemetery every year, sometime around the annual Chuseok (thanksgiving) holiday.
Fancier gravesites include an altar for offering foods to the spirits of the deceased, same ritual as the jesa (see generally 1.021 Jesa Spread; see most recently 6.020 Jesa Spread), though typically a bit smaller in scale.
Before I got into camping and learned to pitch a tarp, we would hope for an overcast day or otherwise endure the hot sun.
After the ritual offering, the family enjoys the leftovers.

 

Already has chubby cheeks, made even chubbier stuffed with food that he refused to swallow or spit out.

(For more details about the food, see WHAT)

(For more details about the venue, see WHERE IN KOREA)

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