Shamanism lies at the heart of Sun Myung Moon and Hak Ja Han’s church – even if it uses a Christian signboard.
Updated November 10, 2020
▲ She was known as Nonsan Halmeoni ( = Grandmother from Nonsan 논산 할머니 ). Her real name was Lee Baek-im 李白任, 이백임. She is sitting in the center, wearing a hanbok with a white top. She was born in 1909 and joined the UC in 1972. Sun Myung Moon asked her to do nationwide ancestor liberation tours in Korea – which she did in the mid 1970s. Here she is pictured with members at the 청주 통일교회 Cheongju Unification Church in September 1973. Moon incorporated some of her shaman practices into the UC.
Daemo-nim’s (Kim Hyo-nam’s) words from August 31, 2014:
“Those of you here as older members, you know how Lee Baek-im [Nonsan Halmeoni] did liberation (in the past). She would sit down, call them, and liberate them.”
Just as Moon stole his theology from others (and got followers such as Eu Hyo-won and Kim Young-oon to systematize it), Moon borrowed shaman rituals and ceremonies from Nonsan Halmeoni and others.
Link to information in Korean about Nonsan Halmeoni.
Shaman ceremonies in Korea are known as ‘kut’.
Kim Myung-hui – 430 couple UC member who left and wrote a book:
The Identity of Sun Myung Moon
“In 1973, at a resort house at Cheongpyeong in Kyeonggi-do, church leader Moon held an ancestor exorcism rite (kut) with the 36 Couples witnessing team members at the end of their 3-year witnessing course [which Moon had sent them out to do] in 1970.
At that time, they performed a shaman ceremony bow (on their knees) and carried out an exorcism (kut) under the direction of ‘grandmother’ Lee Baek-im of Nonsan (Nonsan Halmeoni), offering sacrificial rites to heaven with unstrained rice wine (makkolli), a pig’s head, rice cakes, and so on, on an ancestor memorial offering table.
At that time, ‘grandmother’ Lee Baek-im was 67 years old and was originally an adherent of Daejong-gyo. She came to know Sun Myung Moon in 1973, and was warmly received in the Unification Church as an authority on spiritual matters as a medium. Whenever the Unification Church performed any ritual ceremony, she always performed the role of leader of the ceremony each time. However, she died of cancer in September 1979.
Church leader Moon explained that performing a formal deep bow, and leading the ceremony with two women, in the positions of Leah and Rachel, on either side of him in front of the ritual offering table, was a ceremony to the liberate spirit world.” LINK
▲ There is a pig’s head on the altar, in front of the black object. In the Bible the pig is known as a dirty animal. Shaman ceremonies like this, performed by the Moons and Mrs Choi, contradict Christian beliefs. Choi Won-bok, who was known as second mother, is on Moon’s left; Hak Ja Han is on his right. Moon put the two women in the positions of Leah and Rachel, the two wives of Jacob, since he claimed to be restoring ‘Jacob’s course’. The ceremony above may be to liberate or mobilize spirits, or it may be to ask for many children, since pigs have many piglets and, in Korea, represent prosperity.
▲ Here the two wives can clearly be identified. Choi Won-bok is on Moon’s left and Hak Ja Han is on his right. This photo was taken on January 1, 1968 on the occasion of the establishment of ‘God’s Day’ when other shaman ceremonies were performed. They involved six women in two trinities. One trinity was led by Choi Won-bok and the other by Hak Ja Han. LINK
Kim Myung-hui: “The old lady from Nonsan (Nonsan Halmeoni) was a famous authority on spiritual matters and a medium to the extent that every Unification Church member knew who she was and participated in this kind of ceremony while she was touring all the companies controlled by the Unification Church.
This kind of exorcism is exactly the same as that of a Korean shamanic exorcism (kut). Therefore, considering that the Unification Church holds this kind of secret ceremony under the signboard of Christianity, we can know that the Unification Church is not like Christianity, but only has a Christian facade.
Within the Unification Church, other than those ancestor exorcism rites (kut), there are many functions having bowing ceremonies in front of a ritual offering table. Especially, believers perform formal full bows to church leader Moon.”
대종교 Daejong-gyo or Taejong-kyo, the “religion of the Divine Progenitor” or “great ancestral religion”
Sun Myung Moon’s words:
“The person that I want to introduce to you is Nonsan Halmeoni (the grandmother from Nonsan). You have to understand that this grandmother has suffered tremendously. Why did I raise her up? Now is the time when the physical world and the spiritual world are to come together and intersect. We are entering such a time. The spirit world has to come down to the earth to perform the liberation ceremony and the physical world has to rise up to the world in heaven to secure its foundation. We have entered such a time of intersection.
Neither Christians nor regular followers of a religion understand the concept, Liberation of the Ancestors. When you observe the ceremony, it may seem like some shamanistic ritual, and it does not feel comfortable. Superstitious aspects can be found in it. However, originally, religion cannot stand without some kind of superstition. Jesus? That is also a superstition. In a large sense, it is a superstition. It is a superstition with a great significance, to which elaboration can be provided and a clear perspective of purpose can be added. Jesus had performed many superstitious acts. Walking on the water, and so forth. How can you believe all that? They are incomprehensible.” (75-249)
“The thing about resolving the wishes of the ancestors and so forth, when you observe them all is like some noisy shamanistic ritual. I know that very well. I understand very well that aspect. The spirit world has to go through such a process. Only after it is crossed over several times … For this reason, the ancestor who appeared first … In the first hour Satan enters and in the second hour good ancestors come in. One hour is taken up by the evil spirits and another hour by the good spirits. You have to separate these. You have to ward off evil spirits with evil spirits.” (75-255)
Kim Young-hwi – joined the UC in the 1950s; one of the 36 couples
May 1, 1996 at East Garden:
“Evil spirits not only cling to the body’s surface, but they can attach themselves to every cell…
In the early days of our church in Korea there was a grandmother called Nonsan Halmeoni. She was liberating spirits and sending them to spirit world, But at that time, after she sent spirits away they immediately came back, because there was no place in the spirit world to accommodate them. The wife of Mr. Hong, the regional leader in Chicago, had been working with Nonsan Halmeoni. Suddenly last year Mrs. Hong became paralyzed. She could not speak and had many kinds of difficulties; her daughter also had troubles. She was suffering not because of herself, but because of the spirits who had entered her when she was working with Nonsan Halmeoni, Because of that she became paralyzed and had so many difficulties; her family also suffered because of the work of evil spirits.
Daemo-nim found this out and said that because there were so many evil spirits in her she could not be restored in just one or two months, but it would take many months. Therefore, Daemo-nim recommended that Mrs. Hong come to live at Cheongpyeong so that from time to time Daemo-nim could chase out some of the spirits. There were so many that she could not do it at one time, From this you can understand how dreadful it is to have evil spirits inside you. If you do not take the evil spirits away from your physical body you will get into trouble. Furthermore, the reason we change our minds so often is because of the work of evil spirits.
… Now Cheongpyeong has become the first restored garden of Eden. It is the place God, True Parents, Heung Jin Nim and Daemo-nim can control. Therefore, Satan can no longer have power over anyone who comes to that place.”
Today’s World – August 1996, pages 19-24
▲ The whole idea of the infamous ‘Spiritual Sales’ by the Unification Church of Japan was based on exploiting the Japanese people’s concerns or fears for their departed loved ones or ancestors. Unification Church members would tell potential customers that their ancestors were suffering in hell. They would then be offered marble pagodas, vases or statues of Buddha, etc. which were all manufactured by the UC in Korea. They were sold for huge prices. LINK
Nansook Hong and the Buddha Lady who helped the Moons to match her to their son, Hyo Jin Moon.
from pages 70-72, 101 and 109-111 of In The Shadow Of The Moons: My Life In The Reverend Sun Myung Moon’s Family. (1998) ISBN 0-316-34816-3
Nansook Hong: “I had never been to the Rev. Moon’s private residence. It was an enormous house with an elaborate front gate that led to a large courtyard. A sister led me to an ornate dining room. My mother was already there. Three chairs were lined up on either side of the rectangular dining table. The Rev. Moon sat at the head; Mrs. Moon sat to his right. Beside her sat a woman I did not recognize. Next to her was Mrs. Kim Young-hwi. My mother was seated opposite Mrs. Moon. My mother smiled and gestured for me to sit beside her. I kept my eyes downcast, focusing on the patterns of light and shadow cast by the large crystal chandelier on the white linen tablecloth.
My head remained bowed as the kitchen sisters served course after course of the dinner meal. I was too scared to eat the rice or soup or kimchi or seafood or meat. I moved the food around my plate and prayed no one would take notice of me.
It struck me that Mrs. Moon seemed to be in very good spirits. There was a lot of laughter, but I did not focus on the conversation until I suddenly realized they were talking about me. The woman at the table whom I had not recognized was staring at me. She was commenting on my forehead and the shape of my head. She was delighted that my hair had been pulled back for the performance at school. It gave her the opportunity to examine my ears more closely. I could feel my face flush as she cataloged the positive characteristics of my ears: earlobes that were long and fat, a shape that was well proportioned. All this meant longevity and good fortune. …
“So that’s it,” I thought. “I’m being matched.” The Reverend Moon asked me no questions. He made no attempt to engage me in conversation, to determine what I was like. He already knew enough. The unfamiliar woman at dinner, it turned out, was a Buddhist spiritualist, a fortune-teller, who assured the Reverend Moon that I would make a perfect match for Hyo Jin. The woman whom I came to think of as the Buddha Lady was not a member of the Unification Church. It never occurred to me or my parents to ask why the Reverend Moon needed to consult a Buddhist fortune-teller for advice if he was the Lord of the Second Advent, in regular, direct communication with God.
As much as anything about my new life in the True Family, the antipathy between the Moon children and their parents stunned me. Early on, I was disabused of the idea that this was a warm and loving family. …
One morning soon after Hyo Jin’s return, I came to greet True Parents at their breakfast table. I was surprised to see that they had been joined by the Buddha Lady, the Buddhist fortune-teller who had blessed my match to Hyo Jin the previous fall in Seoul. Mrs. Moon urged her to tell us what the future held for Hyo Jin and me. “Nansook is a winged white horse. Hyo Jin is a tiger. This is a good match,” she said. “Nansook will have a difficult time in life but her fortune is very good. Hyo Jin’s fortune is tied to hers. He can be great only if he sits on Nansook’s back and together they fly.”
Mrs. Moon was so pleased by the Buddha Lady’s optimistic forecast that she went out and bought me a diamond-and-emerald ring – the fortune-teller had told her that green was my lucky color. A few days later the Buddha Lady came to see me secretly at Cottage House. “Please remember me when you are a very powerful woman,” she said. “Remember the good fortune I saw ahead for you.”
What lay ahead for me was nothing like what the Buddha Lady foresaw. Hyo Jin was furious that his parents had interfered in his love life, but he was also a realist. He was in no position to follow his lover to California. He had no money, no job, no high school diploma, no means of support besides his parents. In the end, Hyo Jin was all talk. True love paled next to the prospect of being cut off from Father’s money.
Hyo Jin and this girlfriend would continue to correspond for years. He often left her love letters out in the open for me to find. When Hyo Jin learned that she had moved in with a new lover in Los Angeles in 1984, he was so distraught that he shaved his head.”
Kim Myung-hui: “Leader Moon liked fortunetellers. He was close to an old man called Myung-Hak Lee who served as a professional fortuneteller in Insa-dong, Jonno-gu in the early 1960s.
Mr. Lee provided fortunetelling services for the Blessed Families of the Unification Church (couples who took part in the marriage ceremonies officiated by leader Moon). Following the fortuneteller’s advice, leader Moon matched the 36 couples and the 72 couples. Elder Song was the person who ran the errand of fortunetelling.
Leader Moon carried out the matching ceremonies of bonding the men and women together according to the fortuneteller’s judgments. He made matches if fortuneteller Lee said they were good together, or vice versa. Those blind believers did not understand that they were not matched by leader Moon, who was said to know everything about them, but rather they were matched by the fortuneteller.
We can hardly understand the spiritual abuse of leader Moon of the Unification Church, which says it serves God and pursues His will. He is a master of deception because he advertises that even Satanic outsiders testify to the decisions made by leader Moon in the Unification Church.
Why have many blessed families left and divorced after the choices and matching by the famous fortuneteller and the Lord of the Second Advent?”
The Identity of Sun Myung Moon by Kim Myung-hui (published in 1987)
▲ On February 20, 1984, Moon married his dead son, Heung-jin, to the daughter of Pak Bo Hi. Hoon-sook can be seen holding a photo of her ‘husband’. The idea of marrying two dead people together – or even a dead person to a living person – is rooted in Korean shamanism.
Sculptures of male and female sex organs outside the Cheongpyeong Prayer Hall.
Inside the Prayer Hall, Hak Ja Han is on the right side of the photo, outside the hall the vagina is also on the right. In the photo Moon is on the left, and outside the male genitalia (with clocktower) are also on the left.
DaeMoNim’s real name was Soon-ae Hong. (She was the mother of Hak Ja Han). Soon-ae Hong was jailed for manslaughter in 1957. All the early Korean members know that, and so have never respected her. Members all over the world have been bowing to Soon-ae Hong without knowing what kind of person she was.
“There was even an incident that occurred in 1957. An old woman, Jae-geon Kim, and Soon-ae Hong (the mother of Hak Ja Han who is currently the wife of Sun Myung Moon) were released after a two year sentence in Chuncheon Prison. The two women had been charged with beating a mentally-ill boy to death during an Ansu session. He was about 18 years old. They had guaranteed that they could cure the mental abnormality with their divine powers.”
1957년도에는 이런 일도 있었다. 18세 가량의 정신이상자인 소년 하나를 김재건 노파와 홍순애 (현재 문 선명의 부인인 한 학자의 모친) 여인이 자기네들의 신통력으로 정신이상증세를 고칠 수 있다고 장담하면서 지나치게 안수. 안찰을 하다 결국 맞아 죽은 사건이 발생하여 두 여인은 강원도 춘천형무소에서 2년간에. LINK
Moon himself was cleansed through a pikareum sex ritual with the “wife of Jehovah”, Ms Pak, in Pyongyang in the summer of 1946. She had sex with God in a dream.
Moon’s pikareum sex ritual with her qualified him to be the messiah. He then had the mission, from God, to directly cleanse as many women as possible in a sex relay. (This is a Korean shaman god, not the God of Judeo-Christianity.)
The salvation and cleansing of mankind starts from Moon as the sinless messiah. In the early days of the Unification Church this was done through the pikareum ceremony (pi=blood, kareum=separation). During these ceremonies to remove the original sin, sexual intercourse was done three times – formation, growth and perfection. The cleansing was done by the sperm. This explains the testicles outside the Prayer Hall. If a woman was cleansing a man, she must have been cleansed before by the sperm of a cleansed man. Later, within Unification Church marriages, it was called the “Three Day Ceremony.” Holy Wine (containing Moon’s sperm) has also been used.
According to the Unification Blessed Family Department:
“The act of love should be a complete act (penetration and ejaculation)… It is not permitted to use a condom or any other apparatus during the act of love.”
A condom prevents the sperm from performing the womb cleansing.
Moon: “A person is born through a man’s seed going into a woman. Where does the way of reversal begin? It is within the woman’s womb. The condition must be established so that history is reversed in the womb. For complete restoration, the starting point is the seed which exists in the body of a male. The condition must be established in which the seed within a male is united with God’s love. Without establishing that condition, complete reversal of the blood lineage cannot be established.” (October 13, 1970, Seoul)
Sun Myung Moon:
“The foundation of resurrection has not been understood so far. You must establish the condition to inherit the heart of history; otherwise the start and motivation for resurrection is not fulfilled. You must understand that.
Then for the blood lineage to be reversed, conditions must be established so that the seed which is going to become a future child enters the bone marrow of Adam and connects with God’s love. Otherwise, you cannot be born anew as God’s child. This teaching is founded on the Bible, which is God’s word.
The emotions or feelings of a man do have an influence upon the seed in his flesh. When a man feels happy, that feeling of happiness affects his own seed. Likewise, when he feels sad, that feeling of sadness affects his seed.
The realm of total perfection cannot be achieved without a condition for restoring fallen Eve. … That providence must involve the womb of a woman. It is there that the solution to the problems of history must be found…” (Moon, October 13, 1970, Seoul)
“Husbands are in the archangel position, which means they don’t have the seed. Therefore the wives must absolutely unite with True Parents, so that the husband can be restored. The archangel cannot have the seed of life.” (Moon, November 29-December 6, 2000 South American tour)
From an FFWPU / UC workshop presentation:
We all need to inherit True Parent’s Heart and Absolute Sex.
Absolute sex means God’s original blood lineage.
True Father is the substance of God’s original sperm.
True Mother is the substance of God’s original ovum.
True Parents are the completion of God’s original sperm and ovum.
Sun Myung Moon:
“If humanity were to go beyond the traditional categories of virtue, religion and any other human norms, but were absolutely in harmony with the sexual organs, earning the welcoming applause of God, what kind of world would it be?
I wish that you would center on the absolute sexual organ, unique sexual organ, unchanging sexual organ and eternal sexual organ, and use this as your foundation to pursue God. You should realize that this foundation should become the foundation of love, life, lineage and conscience. We also have to realize that the Kingdom of God on Earth and in Heaven will begin on this foundation.
Wherever you may go, please try to spread Reverend Moon’s message through television or other media. You will never perish. What force can turn around this world of Hell? It is impossible to achieve this unless our sexual organ is used in accordance with an absolute, unique, unchanging and eternal standard centering on God’s true love which is absolute, unique, unchanging and eternal love. God is the original owner of the sexual organs.
Let us go forward all together for this common cause. … This is the very mission of the Family Federation for World Peace. …” (Sun Myung Moon, August 1, 1996, Washington DC.)
Shamanic Trees and Magical Thinking at the Cheongpyeong Training Center
Traditionally, almost every Korean village had a shrine of some sort for the village guardian spirit (서낭 Seonang, 성황 Seonghwang). These shrines (서낭당 Seonang-dang) could take various forms. They could be a small building (신당 Shindang), or a pile of stones, or a sacred tree (당산나무 Dangsan-namu, 신목 Shinmok), or a combination of those. These sacred places were the location for the community’s periodic rituals for protection, prosperity and a good harvest. Here are the Cheongpyeong sacred trees. There are also stone altars, piles of sacred stones (탑신당 Tapshindang, 누석단 Nuseokdan), in the surrounding hills above the Cheongpyeong training center.
– Piled up like ant eggs
– They are rooted all over the body in order, centering on the most resentful spirit
Water of Life
There is a fountain with magical water:
Ancestor Liberation Workshop Fees
These fees for US members have probably now increased.
(The Japanese always pay much more.)
Father’s ancestors $700 for the first 7 generations
Mother’s ancestors $700 for the first 7 generations
Ancestors of Grandmother on the father’s side $700 for the first 7 generations
Ancestors of Grandmother on the mother’s side $700 for the first 7 generations
Thereafter $70 x 4 for each 7 generations.
After they have been liberated they all need to be blessed for more fees.
And there are registration fees.
▲ Wish papers can be purchased (at varying prices) and these are then ceremoniously burnt. There is little evidence that problems and diseases are magically solved, but the Cheongpyeong operation brings a lot of money to the Moon family.
▲ Sun Myung Moon wearing a crown with seven stars in 1995. Ch’ilsong-nim, or the Seven Star Spirit, is a guise of, or an alternative name for, the Ruler of Heaven, Hananim. As Ch’ilsong, he is the Ruler of the Pole Star, the central and pivotal constellation of the northern hemisphere. Note the large star.
The spirits of significant historical figures, including military leaders, in ‘providential’ nations were liberated to mobilize them for Moon’s purposes. This is a Korean shaman tactic.
Sun Myung Moon – Emperor, and God
Sun Myung Moon copied the Enthronement Hall of the Korean emperor. The sun and moon motifs symbolize his power over all people and the elements.
The shamanic ‘Holy Grounds’ of Reverend Moon
Sun Myung Moon made 120 ‘Holy Grounds’ around the world to connect those nations to the shamanic powers of the Korean Guardians of the Five Directions.
Shamanism: The Spirit World of Korea
Any understanding of the so-called New Religions of Korea would be difficult without some knowledge of shamanistic influences upon them.
Hananim and other Spirits in Korean Shamanism
an extract from the book, Korea: a religious history, by Professor James Huntley Grayson
Soon-ae Hong, the mother of Hak Ja Han
The mother of Hak Ja Han Moon was in a sex cult. In 1957, after she joined Moon’s church, she together with another woman were jailed for beating a mentally-ill boy to remove evil spirits. They killed the boy.
Black Heung Jin Nim – Violence in the Moon church
Black Heung Jin Nim was the name given to Cleopas Kundiona from Zimbabwe. He claimed to be the embodiment of Moon’s son who had died in a car crash. Reverend Sun Myung Moon approved him as his son, but there was a lot of violence in the Unification Church before Moon sent Cleopas home. In Zimbabwe he set himself up as a messiah and abused UC members who had not been warned of his dangerous behavior.
Ritual Sex in the Unification Church of Reverend Moon
by Kirsti L. Nevalainen