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Rapping nuns, singing monks fire up prayer competition in South Korea

Published on Jul 17, 2014 5:58 PM
 
Nuns hold placards reading 'you rock' as they shout support for performers at a Buddhist prayer competition at the Jogyesa temple in Seoul on July 17, 2014. South Korea's top Buddhist organisation held an experimental "prayer competition" on Thursday, July 17, 2014, featuring rapping nuns and singing monks in a bid to attract new, younger followers. -- PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea's top Buddhist organisation held an experimental "prayer competition" on Thursday, featuring rapping nuns and singing monks in a bid to attract new, younger followers.

More than 300 monks and nuns packed a large temple in downtown Seoul to take part in the competition hosted by the Jogye Order.

Participants - mostly young monks - chanted prayers, or invocations, from classic Buddhist scriptures, as well as "freestyle" prayers they composed.

While many delivered traditional, monotone recitations, some opted for something bolder. A group of three young nuns delivered a blistering performance of a rap song derived from The Heart Sutra - one of the most popular Buddhist scriptures - and using their own lyrics promoting love and harmony.

 
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