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A Study on Buddhist Aspect of the Epic of Cheoyong Dance

Choi Mi Yeon 1

1한국예술종합학교

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ABSTRACT

The five main points which emerge from this study of Buddhist ritual and the Dance of Cheoyong are as follows: First, in the Dance of Cheoyong the figure of Cheoyong was probably considered to be Maitreya Buddha or Avalokiteśvara Bodhisattva. Second, the silence which is emphasized in the dance of Cheoyong refers to the practice of ‘sudden enlightenment.’ Third, Cheoyong’s silence is related to Śākyamuni Buddha’s lecture on Mt. Vulture and the Music in the Buddhist Song of the Meeting on Mt. Vulture is considered the finest of traditional Korean music and arts. Fourth, the figure of Cheoyong, the lotus flowers, and the cranes share narratives with Buddhist elements, as well as being symbols of longevity in Korean culture. Finally, the Circle Dance as part of the Dance of Cheoyong expresses an ideal world governed by the Buddhist Wheel-Turning Sacred King and the hope for an eternal lifespan.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.