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A South Korean Ritual of Reconciliation

April 30, 2002

South Korean shaman Kim Kumhwa stands on two sharp blades on top of two stacked barrels, spreading rice to channel goodwill. A healing "kut," a ritual held Sunday in Lafayette Park with other shamans, was meant to ease effects of the 1992 L.A. riots. At left, as part of the ceremony, offerings of money are left with a pig.

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