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The Basic structure of <Seon’weon Bogam(璿源寶鑑)>, and how and why it was published

  • 중앙사론
  • 2013, (37), pp.127-155
  • Publisher : Institute for Historical Studies at Chung-Ang University
  • Research Area : Humanities > History

Hwang In-hyuk 1 Kiduk Kim 1

1건국대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

In the Joseon dynasty period, the genealogical records of the royal family(王室族譜) did not contain a “Mountain List(San-do, 山圖).” ‘Neungjeon-do’(陵殿圖, Pictures of Royal tombs and shrines) and ‘San’reung-do’(山陵圖, Pictures of Royal Mausoleums) illustrations were created and stored separately from the genealogical records. They were fashioned as ‘Royal Occasion records’ in order to provide information regarding the royal mausoleums, and related issues such as commemorative rituals, repairs and preservation. But the <Seon’weon Bogam(璿源寶鑑)> examined here, which was also a genealogical record for the royal family, had an internal design and contents that were entirely different from those of other royal family genealogical records. It had a ‘Mountain List’ with every Joseon royal mausoleum described in it at the front of the book, and it also placed the genealogical records section in the aft section of the book. The design was distinctively different from other previous royal family genealogical records. As there are currently not much information concerning the Joseon dynasty royal mausoleums, the ‘Mountain List’ in <Seon’weon Bogam> is an invaluable source of information which lets us know the internal structure and meaning of the Joseon dynasty royal mausoleums. Examined in this article is the <Seon’weon Bogam> published during the Japanese occupation period, in order to examine and analyze the nature and contents of the “Mountain list” in it.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.