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A Review on the First Appendix “Five Rites” of Sejong-Chronicle in Joseon

  • The Review of Korean History
  • 2012, (107), pp.169-227
  • Publisher : The Historical Society Of Korea
  • Research Area : Humanities > History

Kang Jae Hoon 1

1고려대학교

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ABSTRACT

Sejong-Chronicle has a lot of appendices unlike other Chronicles of Joseon. I point out as a reason for the inclusion of various appendices that many government officials, who had compiled the History of Goryeo in a biological style, were involved in the compilation of the Chronicle. We have records of the decision for the compilation of Sejong-Chronicle in a chronological style, but no records about the reasons for the inclusion of appendices. With regard to the first appendix “Five Rites”, we have records of two discussions that led to the decision not to include them as an appendix. With the examination of the discussions I look into the details of the compilation of the Five Rites in Sejong-Chronicle. The first discussion concerns whether they should compile ceremonial notes made in Sejong’s reign as a separate appendix or include them as chronological records by date. The second discussion was about whether they should include the ceremonial notes on the Five Rites compiled by Byeon Hyo-mun and others with the order of the king in the year of Sejong 26. In both cases it was decided not to include them as an appendix Nonetheless, Sejong-Chronicle now has the Five Rites as the first appendix. The details of the revision remain unknown. In this article I affirm that the Five Rites and the ceremonial notes contained in Sejong-Chronicle cannot constitute a separate appendix in their present form. The Five Rites, introduced by Byeon Hyo-mun, Jeong Cheok, and others, consisted of ceremonial notes(儀註) and ceremonial illustrations(序例). Their results were unfinished at the time. They still had to correct the errors in the notes and illustrations themselves. They also had to make them a consistent and systematic whole. Even though the Five Rites of Sejong-Chronicle did not sufficiently reflect the various efforts to revise the ceremonies during Sejong’s reign, and there were problems with the consistency and systematicity, it is also true that they were an important turning point in the process of improvements in the National ceremonies in the early Joseon.

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