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Dangun and The Arthdal ​​Chronicles

by: Hugo J. Smal In the first episode of the Korean television drama The Arthdal ​​Chronicles, it becomes clear that the myth of Dangun is being reinterpreted. Arthdal ​​is a corruption of Asadal, the capital of Go-Joseon. Dangun, a shaman probably from Siberia established this state in 2333 BC. According to the myth. Dangun is … Continue reading Dangun and The Arthdal ​​Chronicles

Odors give way to fragrance in 19th century

By Robert Neff previously published: The Korea Times featured picture: Mrs Emberley and her garden in Seoul, circa 1900. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the descriptions of Seoul were filled with complaints of streets packed with oxen, ponies and people all trying to avoid falling into the open sewers or stepping in … Continue reading Odors give way to fragrance in 19th century

Mudang’s pantheon of gods and spirits

An inside in her beautiful mind writer: Mudang Mugungwha Bosal The Mudang Life  Gods and traditions I slowly rose from performing my bows in the temple room. Sunbeams shone through the blinds during the summer. The incense smoke gently wafted through the open window.  To the average person, the room was tranquil, quiet and peaceful. But to … Continue reading Mudang’s pantheon of gods and spirits