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National traditions of Korean art

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”).

Some Korean martial arts:

Charac

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

Tea traditions of different countries

China

It is considered that drinking tea began in the territory of the modern Chinese province of Sichuan (Four streams). According to historians, the tradition of drinking tea goes back more than two thousand years. Mentions tea meet since the epoch of Spring and Autumn (VIII-V C. BC), but works devoted to the art of tea and tea, appear much later. For a long time, tea was a privilege of emperors and the upper class, but later (XIV-XVII centuries) spread among all segments of the population.

The consumption of tea in China long ago developed into a real art of the tea ceremony kung fu cha. This ceremony consists of several stages that help to enjoy all the richness of taste, aroma and useful properties of tea. Special attention is paid in China to the emotional state of a person when he proceeds to the tea ceremony. The process of preparation and consumption of tea beverages must free from worries, to clear the mind, lead to a state of clarity and calmness.

Tea culture of China for centuries, was maintained by the special construction of the tea houses and pavilions, fabrication of tea ware, the tea breeding of new varieties and ways of cooking, and also literary works dedicated to tea (Lu Yu – the classic of tea, Hui Tsung Continue reading

Festival of masks in Korea are Incredible

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.

Traditional village

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.

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