Naeuiwon dispensed needlework kisaeng office of royal

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Naeuiwon dispensed…Needlework KisaengOffice of Royal CostumesAlso expected to entertainMinistry of industry kisaengArtistic trainingSinging and playing…Male musiciansSame low class as kisaengAksaeng: played Chinese ritual music at ritual ceremoniesAkkong: Women entertainers (yorak)Performed songs and dances when king entered/left court
Hwang ChiniNo direct sources about Hwang ChiniWhat we know is from unofficial historical tales (yadam) that are romanticized, fragmentary, and anecdotalMystique and mythologization of Hwang Chini1) Yu Mongin (1559-1623), Ou YudamFamous kisaeng in Songdo during reign of King Chungjong (1506-44)Relationship with venerable scholar So Kyongdok, whom she could not seduceTrip to Diamond Mountain with Yi Saeng, traveling in disguise and penniless, including incident, where she seduced monk for food, and another time whenthey crashed a yangban party and she said Yi was her servantRelationship with Yi Sajong, with whom she lived for 6 yearsRequest to be buried near open road2) Yi Tokyong (1566-1645), Sondgo kiiChini’s birth: mother Chin Hyon’gum met handsome young man under bridge, had his child; fragrance in the room at birthChini’s beauty and skills as singer, musicianSong Sun episode which Chini attended parties given by the yangbanOm Su: kayagum artist who praised Chini’s voiceChinese emissary who said Chini was the most woman in the worldChini’s character: noble, refined, unshowy; did not like merchantsLove for So Kyongdok under whom she studiedYi Tokyong heard story from man whose father had said Chini’s fragrance remained for days after she left it3) Ho Kyun (1569-1618): Songong ChisorokSinger Yi Inbang who pretended to be his own younger brotherGovernor’s feast in Naju where she came in dirty clothes, smudged face, and cracked a louse before playing komun’go and singingSo Kyongdok as incorruptibleAsked for p’ungak instead of usual funeral musicChini told So Kyongdok there were 3 glories of Songdo: Pag’yon Falls and the 2 of themSongdo renowned for producing people of genius; Chini as Songdo’s most beautiful woman4) Im Pang (1640-1724), Such’on mannokRomance with Yanggok So Seyang: he said he could leave her without regret after month, but when he sang a poem to him, he could not leaveText of hansi, “Farewell to So Yanggok”5) Yi Tongmu (1741-93), Ch’ongbi rokChini who said 3 glories of Songdo were Pag’yon Falls, So Kyongdok, and herselfCalled at scholar’s house in rain, but he ignored her thinking she was a goblin or fox spirit, and he later regretted ignoring her
Hansi “Songdo,” but that it is sometimes ascribed to someone else6) So Yuyong (1801-73), Kumgye p’ildamSongdo kisaeng known throughout country for her beauty and artistic skillsPyokkyesu incident: member of royal family wanted to meet Chini, but when she sang her famous “Pyokkyesu sijo” at bridge, he fell off and she laughed at him7) Kim T’aegyong (1850-1927), Hwang Chini chonSongdo kisaeng, illegitimate daughter of Hwang Chinsa and Hyon’gum

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