oct23 - Early Korea Oct 23 Prehistory - Koreans claim to...

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Early Korea Oct 23 Prehistory - Koreans claim to have a 5000 year history - First 2000 years lost in legend - Pottery evidence suggests contract with northern and southern China - Korans were hunters, fishers, and farmers - Chiefs and female shamans important Language - Korean is a monotone, polysyllabic, highly inflected, and hierarchical language - Agglutinative(words formed by gluing various particles together) - SOV (subject- object-verb) - Closest relation to Altaic languages (Manchu, Mongol, Turkish) - Grammar similar to Japanese Shamanism - Native religion of Korean - Shows links to north Asia - Heaven and earth infused with sprits and gods - Shamans were intermediaries between spirits and men - Female shamans (mudang) particularly important Foundation Myths - Tan’gun, legendary founder of Korean kingdom of Choson - Kija, a Chinese sage said to have founded Choson in 2233BCE - Silla legend of Pak Hyokkose born out of an egg Wiman Choson (194- 108 BCE) - First recognizable state in Korean - Ruled by Chinese Refugees
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