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A Study on the Meaning Differences of Violating the Taboo in Korean Traditional Narratives

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2015, (31), pp.309-341
  • Publisher : The Research Of The Korean Classic
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature > Korean Literature > Korean classic prose

Jeong Jong Jin 1

1가톨릭대학교

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ABSTRACT

This paper considers the several levels and the distinctive features of violating the taboo in korean traditional narratives. In the pursuit of this purpose, I tried to distinguish the five dimensions of violating the taboo. The five dimensions of violating the taboo are 1. strengthening of the sacredness, 2. challenges and setbacks for human limitations, 3. virtual realization of desire, 4. challenge for contemporary order and 5. relieve and alleviate the conflict and mitigation of entropy, The violation of taboo have a complex relationship. It is, for example, ‘heavenly order and realistic order’, ‘challenges and frustrations’, ‘oughtness and desire’ and ‘positive and negative function’. The meaning of violating the taboo is ambivalent. Violating the taboo is violation of the order but at the same time, on some occasion it creates an order. In order to understand violating the taboo in korean traditional narratives, it should be considered its dynamic and multiple meanings of violating the taboo.

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