EASC Response Report

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Nina Madison Professor Cooper EASC 150 21 September, 2011 Ancestor Worship and Korean Society Response Paper In the book Ancestor Worship and Korean Society , the authors Roger L. Janelli and Dawnhee Yum Janelli explore the Twisongdwi lineage in order show the historical context of Korea’s culture and societal values. Some of the major themes presented throughout the book are the process of worshipping ancestors through rituals and the important process of family heritage. Although many of Korea’s rituals and values are unique, similarities can be found between Korea’s values and other Asian societies. Similarly to The Rice Economies, rice is what shaped many asian societies as family lineage and ancestorial worship shaped Korean society. As discussed in class, asian societies depended a lot on the work of the entire community and they struggled once water controlled became individualized. This relates to Janelli’s book in how he discusses how certain factors shape peoples lives in Korea such as how eldest males must
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Unformatted text preview: assume all responsibility and how certain rituals shape certain aspects of their lives. Not only in Korea is ancestral worship essencial but also in China and Japan. Another major theme in the book is the idea of how the society is patriarcal and that people are born in their positions. Women were treated extremely unequally and were not as valued. Males, expecially the oldest son, would assume all of the power and would inherit everything from the father. He is expected to take care of the family and this concept of caring for family plays a huge part in the importance of lineage. When the parents become old they need their children to take care of them, stressing the importance of raising a family. Having a son was important because the males carried the family name, while a female would assume the name of her husband. Throughout the book, Janelli discusses many themes such as ancestor worship and the family lineage, which are similar to other asian countries....
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