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Tŭrŏnggaengi - Who are the East Coast Hereditary Mudangl

For many villagers living in coastal communities by the Eastern sea, hearing the sound of turonggaengi being played in the distance must invoke great excitement. The shimmering sound of the hand gongs (kkwaenggwari), rumbling tones of the hourglass drum (changgo), and the resounding reverberations of the large gong (ching) function as a signal that a rare form of entertainment-healing event is just beginning. The villagers duly head down towards a prearranged location - the village community centre or, more commonly, the beach, where a tent will have been temporarily erected.