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The Changsŭng Defanged: The Curious Recent History of a Korean Cultural Symbol

Laurel Kendall

in Consuming Korean Tradition in Early and Late Modernity: Commodification, Tourism, and Performance

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833930
eISBN:
9780824870416
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833930.003.0007
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

Roughly carved out of tree trunks or hewn of stone, the changsŭng (devil posts) with bulging eyes and fanged grins once guarded the entrances to Korean villages from malevolent forces. This chapter ... More


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