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Community Archery Rite

Hyangsarye (Kor. 향사례, Chin. 鄕射禮, lit. community archery rite) was performed with the goal of edifying local communities in the spirit of yeak (Kor. 예악, Chin. 禮樂, lit. rites and music, liyue), an important Neo-Confucian social value. The custom originates from the Chinese Zhou dynasty during which local patriarchs held an archery competition every three years selecting young men whom they would later recommend to the king for government offices. Hyangsarye was introduced to the Korean peninsula a

Korean Seasonal Customs

Mutual funeral aid association

Community association providng mutual aid for the expenses and labor required for a funeral. In hyangyak (Kor. 향약, Chin. 鄕約, lit. community compact) of the Joseon dynasty (1392-1910), the article on supporting each other in times of hardship (患難相恤) placed an emphasis on giving aid in marriage and funeral ceremonies. In the late Joseon period, not only the ruling class (yangban) but also commoners and the lowest class formed mutual aid associations to provide labor for funerals (sangdugye). Depen

Korean Rites of Passage
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