Korea's Pastimes and Customs: A Social History

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Homa & Sekey Books, 2006 - Corée - Conditions sociales - 264 pages
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The book explores the favorite pastimes and customs of the Korean people under the 'Great Empire' from the late 14th century to 1910, when Korea was occupied by Japan. Some of the popular games discussed include Baduk (the Korean version of 'Go', a strategic board game for two players), Janggi (the Korean version of chess) and Yutnori (a game played with four short sticks). The author also discusses games played by young boys (e.g. flying kites) and young girls (e.g. hide-and-seek), men (e.g. archery) and women (e.g. seesaw), and pastimes enjoyed by both sexes (e.g. tug of war). Lee examines the origin of family names and common people's obsession with genealogy during the Joseon dynasty. He also discusses the important ceremonies celebrating milestones in one's life as well as ceremonies associated with various holidays on the calendar. The last segment of the book is devoted to people's interest in fortune-telling. The author discusses behaviors that were considered taboo and the various ways people tried to predict their future.
  

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Contents

Pastimes
1
A Good Baduk Player Was Welcome Everywhere
3
GamblingThe Ruin of Families
27
Pastimes for Boys
39
Pastimes for Girls
63
Openair Pastimes for Women
73
Pastimes for Both Sexes
83
Mens Pastimes for Discipline and Martial Prowess
97
Seasonal Customs
157
Farmers Coops Dure Bring Peasants Together
175
Banning Luxury GoodsThe Road to a Strong Prosperous Nation
193
Insatiable Curiosity about the Future
211
Predicting the Future According to The Secrets of Tojeong Tojeong bigyeol
213
Forewarned Is Forearmed
221
Peace of Mind Comes from Abstinence
233
Four Pillars Saju and Physiognomy
245

Customs
117
Importance of Clan Affiliation
119
The Life of Won GyeonghaA Yangban A Man of High Birth
141

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