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Korean Folk Culture: Yesterday and Today

While it is impossible to determine exactly when Korean folk culture began, conservative estimates suggest it to have been around 3,000 years ago during the Tribal States period. At that time folk culture is presumed to have evolved from the religious ceremonials of primitive tribes. In the succeeding Three Han Kingdoms period of Mahan, Chinhan and Pyonhan, located in the southern part of the country, folk dance was closely linked to the agricultural cycle, as it still is to this day in the farmers festival music and dance. Farmers celebrate on the first full moon of the year to ask the gods for a bountiful harvest and good fortune ...

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