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Records of Placing King Sunjo’s Placenta in a Placenta Burial Chamber

Gwansanggam (a department of Joseon)Joseon, 1790 (year 14 of Jeongjo)

Academy of Korean Studies

Academy of Korean Studies

This book records the process of burying the placenta of Sunjo at Sokri Mountain in Boeun Hyeon, Chungcheong province. When Jeongjo’s first son (later Sunjo) was born in 1790, Gwansanggam (office in charge of astrology, geography etc) selected a good place in Boeun Hyeon, Sokri Mountain, and buried the placenta on 12th August. The official in charge of this event was Oh Jae-sun. This book records the numbers of workers involved, goods used and the process and rituals of the burial. Also some memorial services to report the successful burial of the placenta and to thank the Land god and to ask for a protection of the royal family were being held. This book helps to understand the placenta burial ritual of the late 18th Century.

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  • Title: Records of Placing King Sunjo’s Placenta in a Placenta Burial Chamber
  • Date: Joseon, 1790 (year 14 of Jeongjo)
  • published: Gwansanggam (a department of Joseon)
  • location: Jangseogak, Academy of Korean Studies, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do, Rep. Korea
  • composition: 1 book
  • Physical Dimensions: w37.8 x h82.7 cm
  • Original Title: Wonja agissi antae deungrok (원자아기씨안태등록, 元子阿只氏安胎謄錄)
  • Korean caption: 순조의 태(胎)를 충청도 보은현 속리산에 묻은 과정을 기록한 책이다. 1790년 정조의 원자(元子, 후일 순조)가 태어나자 관상감(觀象監)에서 태봉지를 보은현 속리산의 길지를 선택하여 정하고, 8월 12일 태를 묻었다. 이 일을 관장한 안태사는 오재순(吳載純)이었다. 이 등록에는 동원된 역군(役軍)과 승군(僧軍)의 수효, 물품 내역, 안태의 의식 절차와 과정을 수록하였으며, 고후토제 및 사후토제에 따른 진설도(陳設圖) 등이 수록되어 있어 18세기 말 왕실의 안태의식을 살필 수 있다.
  • Provenance: Academy of Korean Studies
  • Type: Manuscript
  • Rights: Academy of Korean Studies

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