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Utilization and Revitalization of gasa(lyrics)

  • The Studies in Korean Poetry and Culture
  • Abbr : Korean Poetry and Culture
  • 2015, (35), pp.31-62
  • Publisher : The Society of Korean Poetry and Culture
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

Kim, Byung-Kuk 1

1건양대학교

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ABSTRACT

Based on a review of the relevant research, this paper presents an approach to the current usage and possible revitalizing ways of using Korean gasa(lyrics). A review of the research on gasa suggests its use for the development of cultural content, teaching of writing, learning of Korean language and culture, and literature therapy. For the gasa tradition to succeed in today’s world, it is necessary to find and show its value for contemporary society, rather than insist that it is our duty to keep the tradition. One of the ways to see its value is to develop it as a part of cultural contents. It is recommended that regional Gasa not be used simply as a subject of cultural education, but to develop the region as a basic concept and formulate the regional gasa a part of the cultural contents. In consideration of the values and traditions of Damyang, healing of mind and body need to be set as a basic concept in the communication between nature and people, as well as in the coexistence of nature with science, the past with the present, art with entertainment, and observation with experience. This consideration also requires that the local people be infused with pride in the region and its culture and traditions. The continued collecting of gasa and finding its current value as well as making it easy for local people to access this literature are all necessary. Currently, gasa is used mostly in teaching writing, creativity, and critical thought. However, it is necessary to develop it as a part of edutainment relating to cultural contents and to create a climate to keep works of gasa in reality, rather than restricting them to the classroom. As in the case of sijo, gasa needs a certain class of people today. Gasa also provides a significant, additional way of expression stemming from our traditional culture.

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