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WINTER 2008 Vol.22 No.4
Beauty of Korea
Byeoru (Ink Stone)
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Kevin O’Rourke Passionate Translator of Korean Literature
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Jeongseon’s Natural Beauty Endures the Passage of Time
Yaksik Rice Cake Tasty and Healthy Treat
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Dance of Exorcism at the Fringe of Existence
SPRING 2006 Vol.20 No.1
  Beauty of Korea
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From long ago, whenever Korean women wore a hanbok, Korea’s traditional attire, it was invariably adorned with norigae, a kind of knotted pendant accessory. Women of all social classes cherished norigae, including members of the royalty and aristocracy (yangban) as well as commoners. Elaborate norigae, with large ornaments, were worn for royal court ceremonies and family celebrations, whereas less formal events called for simpler versions. Treasured norigae would be passed down from mother to daughter-in-law as precious family heirlooms.
Evidence of norigae-like accessories dates as far back as the New Stone Age, when they served as talismanic objects to ward off evil and symbols of good fortune. During various periods of Korean history, norigae ornaments symbolized the wearer’s desire to attain happiness and fulfillment. For example, fish-shaped ornaments were associated with fertility and abundance. Norigae with eggplant-shaped ornaments, which represented the male organ, would be attached to undergarments in the hope of the wearer bearing a son. A grape-shaped norigae was said to express a yearning for family members to live together in peace and harmony. And a norigae with an ornament in the shape of a lotus, a traditional symbol of purity, reflected a commitment to lead an upright life, even under difficult circumstances.
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