A Study of Visual Symbolic Perception in Shamanic Rituals


Shamanism is a primal shape that transcends ordinary consciousness as a cross-cultural phenomenon. From the universal analysis of Shamanism. During the process of religious rituals, shamans use visual elements, such as costumes and masks, to form a spatially based graphic narrative relationship that generates an experience of sacred perception. However, the study of shamanic rituals has focused on anthropology and neurotheology. Previous research has neglected the importance of religious symbols as a bridge between personal and religious perception. This study, therefore, explores the spatial construction of visual symbols in shamanic rituals as well as the connections and interactions between visual symbols and behavioral perception. In the research process, a sample group was used to experience a model of religious rituals constructed from religious symbols. Thereafter, a questionnaire was administered for the qualitative analysis of the emotional variables of the sample group. The results show that visual symbols significantly generate the perceptual experience in religious rituals. Through abstract and empathic symbols to produce a perceptual experience of arrogance. This research on religious symbols can help understand the inheritance and protection of shamanism. Furthermore, it may provide theoretical support for the visual perception of symbols and transmission of emotions.

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Hang Sun, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Japan
Eunyoung Kim, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Japan

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Conference: ECAH2022
Stream: Religion

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To cite this article:
Sun H., & Kim E. (2022) A Study of Visual Symbolic Perception in Shamanic Rituals ISSN: 2188-1111 – The European Conference on Arts & Humanities 2022: Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2188-1111.2022.10
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2188-1111.2022.10

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