Rapping nuns, singing monks fire up prayer competition in South Korea
Published on Jul 17, 2014 5:58 PM
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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