Marriage rules changed drastically during the yi

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Marriage rules changed drastically during the Yi dynasty oMarriage between 2 groups, reproductive economic importanceo1 of the most important new rules was the prohibition against marriage between close relativesmarriage was vital and was a womens transition to adulthood Married LifeoIn Confucianism, there is a clear distinction between male and female spheres and the public domain dominated the domestic oThe bride lived in the inner quarters of the house her freedom of movement was limited oUntil the wife bore a son, her position in the family was insecure owomen were not valued for individualityomiddle class started to rise during the end of Choson period Secondary wivesoDistinction between primary and secondary wives had consequences for the children of the secondary wife did not receive full social recognition Widowhood oConfucian ideology stressed that the greatest of womanly virtues was her devotion to her husband and his lineage ochildren of remarried widows were punished by being excluded from government serviceLegal RestrictionsoConfucian ethics were based on the principle that a loyal subject could serve only one king and a chaste wife could serve only one husband
-in order for the kingdom to function properly the family had to be proper oDiscrimination between sons of wives and concubines helped to maintain power in the hands of a limited Yangban elite (kwago examination) oA man could divorce his wife if she was guilty of any of one of the “7 deadly sins” o-disrespectful to inlaws, failing to bare a son, committing adultery, hereditary disease, spending too much money, displaying jealousy, talking too much Shin Sa Im Dangofamous women painter o“mother of the people” oChochundo –Wang Chin-i-o16thcentury poet o-became one of the most famous writers in Choson oKisaeng or female entertainer. Many legends were written about her life opoems of love and separation had some freedom o16Th century kisaeng oThemes: Nature, Love, Kisaeng poems, passing timeoMain topics first was royalty to the kingoOther things were love of nature and lamenting of passing time oHer father was a Yangban and mother was a Yangban’s concubine, so she couldn’t oqualify as a Yangban class oPeople of Kisaeng were proud of her oShe was not valued at all, probably her stories are thrown awayo“Long November Night” – famous poem (SIJO) Ho Nsnsorhon16thCentury Poet odaughter of a yangban, she was brought up in a sheltered atmosphere oher work deals with loneliness and the frustrations of life in the women’s quarters P’ANSORIoDeveloped in 18thcenturyoConsisted of popular songs that were transmitted orally oThe 3 elements oSinger, Drummer and Audience. oStarted out as a form of entertainment for the lower class people, eventually was operformed in the royal palace. It was customized to fit the class of the audience In the 19thcentury the P’ansori repertoire was recognized by Shin Chae HyooMostly performed by men, later performed by women
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