September 21, 2023

Shamanism spreading in N.Korea since ’90s famine: Defector

Lack of trust in regime results in surge in shamanism despite official legal prohibition

Shamanism has been spreading in North Korea since the early 2000s despite the prohibition on religious activities, a shaman who defected last year said.

Kang Mi-soon, who used to reside in Pyongyang, spoke Monday at a press conference organized by NK Intellectuals Solidarity, the World Institute for North Korean Studies and the GyeoRe-Eol Nation United organization.