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10. Buddhist Artifacts

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10. Buddhist Artifacts

1) Buddhist Banners and Banner Support Poles

In the past, banners were held up during prayers and temple ceremonies. These banners are called “Dang” and their support poles are called “Dang-gan.”

These banners are most often indicate to visitors the existence of a temple. The banner supports are most frequently used with banners found in front of temples. The banners are created out of gold, copper, iron, and other metals and the pole support is generally made out of stones. Unfortunately, most temples have only been left with the pole support, and few of the actual banners remain.

2) Karma Mirrors (Eopgyeongdae)

Eopgyeongdae are thought to represent the mirror owned by the King of Hell, who rules the netherworld. It is believed that all actions committed by the deceased will be reflected in the mirror. The karma mirror is most often made of wood, but some are made out of metal.

3) The Wheel of Sūtras (Yunjangdae)

To create the sūtra wheel, a stack of Buddhist scriptures are enshrined in a turning wheel. It is believed that one can attain the merit of studying scriptures if one turns the Dharma Wheel. Currently two great Dharma Wheels exist in Yongmunsa Temple in Yecheon City, Korea. These were created by the Great Master Jaeumdaesa, of the Goryeo Dynasty, during the third year reign of King Myengjong (1173 A.D.).

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