By Daniel Tudor
"Daniel Tudor has a superb realizing of up to date South Korea and an inherent ability for storytelling. His narrative of the nation's panorama is an earnest, investigative story that seeks to undercover the reality approximately this usually misunderstood country."—Krys Lee, writer of Drifting House, critically-acclaimed number of tales portraying the Korean experience
A Geek in Korea reinvents the tradition consultant for the net age. filled with articles and images, it covers all of the touchstones of Korean culture—from Buddhism and Confucianism to chapters at the conventional arts and disciplines like Taekwondo. There are chapters on cultural code phrases and norms; own relationships; enterprise and expertise; and logos and practices which are mainly Korean. a couple of chapters are dedicated to Korean popular culture, with recognition to the celebrities, idols, and concrete subcultures linked to them. For viewers to Korea, the writer incorporates a mini-guide to his favourite neighborhoods in Seoul and different locations of exceptional interest.
Spotlighting the originality and creativity of the Koreans, debunking myths approximately them, and answering nagging questions like why they're so captivated with schooling and success—Tudor has created the fitting booklet for the starting to be ranks of Koreaphiles during this encouraged, insightful, and hugely informative consultant.
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In the first stages, the potential mudang suddenly contracts shinbyeong, a “spiritual sickness” which can lead to bizarre and restless behavior. The illness is cured by participating in a naerimgut, a ceremony performed by an older, more experienced mudang, which results in the sufferer accepting the incoming spirit. From then on, the former sufferer toils as an apprentice, under the guidance of the older mudang. This stage may last several years, until the young mudang is ready to lead ceremonies by herself.
The stunned king then converted Silla to Buddhism. Silla unified Korea, and thus, Buddhism came to be the official religion Apprentice monks. These young boys have had their heads shaved, in preparation for training to become monks. of the whole peninsula. And following the fall of Silla and the proclamation of the Koryo kingdom (from which the English word “Korea” was derived) in 918, Buddhism’s power grew even stronger. Lavish temples were built, and many had their own private armies. Monks were exempt from taxation.
Eumjugamu is one of the most attractive aspects of Korean life. A Ganggangsullae circle dance, originally a strenuous song-anddance spectacle performed by unmarried women. These days, Ganggangsullae is more the preserve of the middle-aged and elderly, at Dano and other country festivals. In days gone by, lyrics would be sung that criticized the social order, or Japanese colonial rule. 39 40 A GEEK IN KOREA Hanok: The Traditional Korean HoME The hanok is a traditional single-story house, constructed of basic materials like wood, stone, and clay.
A Geek in Korea: Discovering Asia's New Kingdom of Cool by Daniel Tudor