The history of martial arts in Korea two thousand years, beginning with the era of Three States (1-pack centuries), when the territory of the Korean Peninsula, there were three kingdoms — Goguryeo, Baekje and Silla. Each one had their own system of combat training. On the formation and development of Korean martial arts were greatly influenced by Chinese tradition. It is no coincidence that the complex Korean martial arts termed “QUANBO”, similar to Chinese “chuanfa” (“pugilism”).
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Charac of the most interesting and mysterious of the martial art, now almost lost. Its founders are considered to be mountain hermits “Sonin”. The same characters in Chinese read “jenjen” and in Japanese “yamabushi” and means “perfect man.” In the system of spiritual and physical perfection of these hermits was the concept of unity of man and nature. In an effort to realize such unity, a hermit retired to the mountains, where his whole existence was subordinated to the natural rhythms and laws. The hermit slept on the grass in summer, and in winter on the snow, he served as housing wicker hut that protected only from rain and snow, clothing, skins of wild animals. Harsh living conditions combined with intense Continue reading
The tradition of music and dance closely intertwined in any culture. They serve as means of performance of religious rites, are art and a form of entertainment. It is difficult to overestimate the originality of Korean dance art – due to historical conditions, Korean culture developed quite isolated, especially from Western influence. It is this fact and love to their roots helped to revive the ancient dances, which in the autumn attracts many tourists.
Annual dance festival with masks is held in the province of Kyung-San Do in the village of Hahoe near Andong, three hours away from the Korean capital. The hahoe village is the only traditional village in Korea. Puninski Liu clan lived here for over six centuries, from the time of the Koryo dynasty. Interestingly, this is not a stylized village, built specifically to attract tourists, but the authentic patrimony of a single noble clan. It is located in a quiet place: on one side of the village, like the screen, separated by a mountain, on the other hand a natural boundary is a tributary of Nekton-Gan. In the times of Joseon by order of the Minister Liu University Nena, to protect the village from the wind from the river, there were ten thousand planted pine trees. Part of this pine forest has been preserved until now.