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A Study on the Aesthetic Qualifications of Shinmyong Experience

  • The Journal of Aesthetics and Science of Art
  • Abbr : JASA
  • 2014, 40(), pp.103-142
  • Publisher : 한국미학예술학회
  • Research Area : Arts and Kinesiology > Other Arts and Kinesiology
  • Published : February 28, 2014

Ha, Jin Sook 1

1부산대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

Shinmyong is being discussed as one of the essential values of Korean culture and Koreans' aesthetic feeling. Yet, it is difficult to answer in which ways Shinmyong has aesthetic qualifications and if various types of Shinmyong can be understood as a unique characterization. Therefore the research would classify the types of diverse Shinmyong experiences and illuminate the common characterization on its aesthetic dimension. If we clarify its significance structure of Shinmyong, the term of Shinmyong has its meaning as the external God or some mysterious power and internal Light, which means God would be holy spirit and Light means insight or intuition emerging to men. The combination aspect between God and Light could be explained into the emergence of God's will with drumming and dancing, an awakening to the principles of varying universe with a clear mind, and uniting with things with discarding the functions of eyes and mind. Shinmyong can be experienced into diverse types and its dimensions and aspects are different according to its types of experience. The types of experience could be classified into being possessed of a spirit, experiencing hard labor, satisfying one's resentment, and experiencing aesthetic feeling. The aspects of the types are very diverse, so they can emerge as following: identity with god, emotional enhancement, intuitional insight, dreaming float, ecstasy, forgetting oneself, collective chaos, transcendence, being awake, being light, emancipation, healing, sit-gim(washing away), fulfillment, creative jump, world consciousness as a whole, resolved recognition, immersion, and forgetting oneself, etc. On basis of the data, to extract the common qualifications of Shinmyong experiences, at first, it has the characterization to need concern, concentration, and immersion. Shinmyong has the common qualification that it can be experienced when mutual interactions get ecstasy. Concerns and immersion can be aesthetic attitudes in that Shinmyong is positive experience. Second, Shinmyong experiences has the characterization of experiencing the extension and transcendence of beings, lost in existential horizon of self. Once one comes to immerse deeply into the world of concerns, one forgets the being of ‘I’ and the world comes into the being, stopping recognizing me and the other world as a difference. This means the emergence of the unity into the things by way of intuitional insight, the beings with God, the infusion of community people immersed into passion and pleasure, and the feeling of emancipation. These experiences express passionate actions, represent static emotions, but they have the characterizations of aesthetic experiences in that it is an experience which arise when it attends to the experience itself, being immersed into it. Third, it seems that Shinmyong experiences accompany any types of emotional pleasures. The aspects of the experience are diverse, but have the common trait of pleasant feeling and light upgraded emotion. Such feelings as ecstasy, capability, fulfillment, emancipation, floating feeling, and resolve have the characterization of emotional pleasure at the moment of ecstasy. As a result, the experience of Shinmyong can be understood as the characterization of aesthetic experience.

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