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Horlyck, Charlotte (2014) 'Ways of Burial in Koryŏ Times (AD918-1392).' In: Horlyck, Charlotte and Pettid, Michael J., (eds.), Death, Mourning, and the Afterlife in Korea: Ancient to Contemporary Times. Honolulu, HI: Hawaii University Press, pp. 83-111. (Hawaii Studies on Korea)

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This chapter explores how people were interred during the Koryŏ dynasty. It focuses on means of disposal in vogue at this time, such as interment in stone chambers and in different types of pit graves. It also discusses grave locations and burial objects since they form an important and integral component of Koryŏ funerary customs and reveal much about the core religious and ideological concerns underlying the ways in which Koryŏ people treated the dead. It is shown that in Koryŏ times there was not a single, uniform way of interment that was seen to be “best practice.” Rather, it was the individual circumstances of the deceased and in particular those of descendants, chiefly their social status and religious beliefs, that significantly impacted ways of burial.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Keywords: interment, dead, death, Koryo dynasty, burial objects, funerary customs, grave locations, pit graves
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Arts > Department of the History of Art & Archaeology
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of History of Art and Archaeology
ISBN: 9780824839680
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2015 09:13

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