Date Tree Mating(嫁枣树)

Date Tree Mating

Headword

대추나무시집보내기 ( 嫁枣树 , Daechunamu Sijip Bonaegi )

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Korean Seasonal Customs > Summer > 5th Lunar month > Seasonal Holidays

Writer KimSamki(金三基)

Daechunamu sijip bonaegi (Kor. 대추나무시집보내기, lit. date tree mating) is a custom performed on Dano (Kor. 단오, Chin. 端午, the fifth of the fifth lunar month) in order to promote the tree’s fertility. According to the “Dongguk Sesigi” (Kor. 동국세시기, Chin. 東國歲時記, A Record of Seasonal Customs in Korea, 1849), "The right time for mating a date tree on Dano is noon. Cutting off a few branches of a date tree at noon on Dano also helps the tree to bear a lot of fruit. Today’s custom must be based on this old wisdom." The same source contains a record of date tree mating on Lunar New Year’s Day; thus the custom is likely to have been performed twice a year.

Tree mating customs are meant to imitate human actions: just as women conceive in marriage, plants also need to mate in order to produce fruit. The act of inserting a rock in the part of a tree where two branches meet at the fork is a symbolic gesture mimicking sexual intercourse.

Date Tree Mating

Date Tree Mating
Headword

대추나무시집보내기 ( 嫁枣树 , Daechunamu Sijip Bonaegi )

Location of the encyclopedia

Korean Seasonal Customs > Summer > 5th Lunar month > Seasonal Holidays

Writer KimSamki(金三基)

Daechunamu sijip bonaegi (Kor. 대추나무시집보내기, lit. date tree mating) is a custom performed on Dano (Kor. 단오, Chin. 端午, the fifth of the fifth lunar month) in order to promote the tree’s fertility. According to the “Dongguk Sesigi” (Kor. 동국세시기, Chin. 東國歲時記, A Record of Seasonal Customs in Korea, 1849), "The right time for mating a date tree on Dano is noon. Cutting off a few branches of a date tree at noon on Dano also helps the tree to bear a lot of fruit. Today’s custom must be based on this old wisdom." The same source contains a record of date tree mating on Lunar New Year’s Day; thus the custom is likely to have been performed twice a year.

Tree mating customs are meant to imitate human actions: just as women conceive in marriage, plants also need to mate in order to produce fruit. The act of inserting a rock in the part of a tree where two branches meet at the fork is a symbolic gesture mimicking sexual intercourse.