A Study of Visual Symbol Perception in Shamanic Rituals

Conference: The European Conference on Arts & Humanities (ECAH2022)
Title: A Study of Visual Symbol Perception in Shamanic Rituals
Stream: Religion, Spirituality
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation
Hang Sun, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Japan
Eunyoung Kim, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Japan


Shamanism as a primal shape that transcends ordinary consciousness as a cross-cultural phenomenon. From the universal analysis of Shamanism. In 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. The importance of religious symbols as a bridge between personal and religious perception has been neglected. This paper, 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, we used the sample group to experience a model of religious rituals constructed from religious symbols, We used a questionnaire to qualitative analysis the emotional variables of the sample group.

The results of the study show that in religious rituals, visual symbols are a major factor in generating the perceptual experience. Through abstract and empathic symbols to produce a perceptual experience of arrogance. Our research of religious symbols can achieve the inheritance and protection of shamanism and provide theoretical support for the visual perception of symbols and the transmission of emotions.

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