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Bridal palanquin

A palanquin to take the bride to the groom’s home after the wedding ceremony. A mode of transport, the palanquin takes the form of a small litter on horizontal poles, carried by a group of bearers on their shoulders. During sinhaeng (Kor. 신행, C hin. 新行, post-wedding journey of the bride to the groom’s home), the bridal palanquin was marked with a cotton band tied in an X-shape all around the vehicle except the front, or a tiger skin covering the top. It was splendidly decorated with multiple col

Korean Rites of Passage

Mourner Sings, Monk Dances, Old Man Laments

“Sanggaseungmunointan” tells the tale of a young couple who were poor but dutiful to their parents, then rewarded by the king after he heard their story. A long time ago, the king (or King Sukjong) was travelling incognito to observe the country. One evening as he passed through a village, he encountered a chief mourner who was singing, a female monk dancing, and an old man seated, sighing in lament. When the king asked what was going on, the old man answered that it was the anniversary of his w

Korean Folk Literature

Family Flourishing, Family in Decline

This tale narrates the story of two families, one that flourished and one that was in decline, due to differences in family tradition. A long time ago there lived two friends, one rich and one poor. The poor friend went to the rich friend and asked how he got so rich. The rich friend said he would show him. To his servant, the rich friend said, “ Sweep the yard”; to his daughter-in-law, he said, “ Bring the cauldron lid from the kitchen”; to his eldest son, he said, “Take the ox up to the roof”;

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