Dr. Zo Zayong
[Jo Ja-yong]


Korea's Champion
of its Folk-Arts and
Traditional Spirituality
Biography Photo-Essay  by David A. Mason

1997 Kyoto Journal article on his work by Lauren Deutsch

Zo's 1980 Article in Korean Culture Journal:
"Shamanistic Art: Cult or Craft?"  (.pdf files)
Pages 1~2          Pages 3~4          Pages 5~6          Pages 7~8

Korea Times Magazine Article (in Korean) January 2010
With his "Ohaeng Jangseung"  [five-elements
guardian-spirit poles], a unique artwork that
he made to show the harmony between folk-
Korean and classical-Chinese philosophies.
This is on October 2nd 1988, our first meeting.
Obituary or Eulogy for Horae Zo Zayong seonsaeng-nim
by David A. Mason;  punblished in The Korea Times in February 2000

"Dr. Zo Zayong [Jo Ja-yong] passed away due to a heart attack on January 30th
2000, or the 24th day of the 12th moon in 4332, by the Korean calendar.  He
was a full 74 years old, but still energetically doing the work he loved.  All those
who love the traditional culture of Korea know and honor his name.

We his students and followers call him Horae seonsaeng-nim.  "Horae" is an
affectionate term for a tiger, referring to his physical resemblance to Korea's
national animal, his fierce devotion to preserving traditional culture, and his
harsh but loving temper.  In the 1970s he first became famous for his promotion
of unique Korean folk-paintings of tigers, and now his body lies entombed
beneath a huge rock-outcropping [bawi] which resembles a tiger's face.  "Seon-
saeng-nim" is a highly honorific title of a teacher, and our Horae was one of the
best -- educating the spirits of all, regardless of nationality or social standing."
myself in Korean clothing,
offering rice-wine at Zo
Zayong's 100-days-after-
death ritual, in his Sam-shin
compound at Sogni-san,
April 2000.   Photo by Dirk
Schlottmann of Germany.
The biseok was installed and unveiled!   Sunday November 14th 2010

We who respect Dr Zo's memory and continue his efforts gathered down at his tomb and his
Samshin-Hoegwan Teaching-Center (the former Emille Museum), in the southern area of
Sogni-san National Park, on Saturday-Sunday 2010.11.13~14.   There was a Seminar on
Saturday afternoon, and then a dinner with drinks.  

We collected enough funds for a standing-stone memorial-monument to be inscribed for him,
and we all unveiled that
biseok In a traditional ceremony at his tomb, starting at 10am on
Sunday morning!   
See this page for maps & info on where the tomb is,
and see
this page for photos of it.

To contact me directly about this, please write to
mntnwolf at yahoo dot com.    
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in New York for "Promoting Appreciation for Korean Art and Culture",
publishes a
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