By Mark Peterson
A background of Korea from the origins of its humans in prehistoric instances to the commercial and political state of affairs in North and South Korea at first of the twenty first century. The ebook offers an in depth assessment of the cultural and historic impacts that experience formed Korean society.
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Each of these elements, however, would use a Chinese graph for its pronunciation, ignoring the inherent meaning of the graph. Since all Chinese graphs have meaning, using a character for its pronunciation only is problematic. How would the reader know which graphs were used for their meaning and which were used for the pronunciation alone? The answer Sol Chong devised was to designate a limited number of graphs for the most common grammatical affixes used in Korean. For example, for the graph used phonetically as a subject marker in the sentence above, nun, Sol Chong suggested that Korean writers always use the Chinese graph for “shadow” and none other.
No details are known of how the process worked in Koguryo and Paekche, but a narrative, a kind of myth, indicates how Buddhism was finally accepted in Silla. According to this record the king personally favored Buddhism, and he had an adviser, a monk named Ichadon (501–527). Most of the king’s court was not in favor of Buddhism, however, preferring instead the traditional religion of shamanism. Ichadon approached the king with an idea. He would write a decree naming Buddhism the state religion, and he would use the king’s seal to make the decree official.
They entered Korea at roughly the same time (between the fourth and sixth centuries), but it was Buddhism that had greater appeal in the Silla period and indeed through much of the Koryo period (918–1392). Confucianism grew in power throughout the Koryo period and then came to completely dominate the Choson dynasty (1392–1910). Once Silla’s ruler adopted Buddhism in the early sixth century, the religion received official royal patronage. It remained largely limited to the social elite until the Unified Silla period, when two monks, Uisang (625–702) and the above-mentioned Wonhyo, helped to turn it into a popular movement.