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Gender Segregation at the Time of Death

  • Journal of Humanities, Seoul National University
  • 2019, 76(1), pp.213-235
  • DOI : 10.17326/jhsnu.76.1.201902.213
  • Publisher : Institute of Humanities, Seoul National University
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : January 6, 2019
  • Accepted : February 8, 2019
  • Published : February 28, 2019

Lee, Kyungha 1

1서울대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study considers the manifestation of ‘gender segregation’ at the ‘end of life’ (i.e. hour of death), based on relevant records written by men (on women) and those written by upper-class women in premodern Korea. The text that provided the basis for such gender segregation was also identified; it was the passage ‘男子不死於婦人之手, 婦人不死於男子之手’ that appears in the ancient Book of Rites. Gender distinctions regarding practice at the hour of death are clearly set out in the ancient scripture but they were not clearly adhered to in reality; the principles could or could not be followed. Records on gender segregation at death were limited in the 17th and 19th centuries but relatively abundant in the 18th century. This study was able to confirm that gender segregation at the time of death did exist in premodern Korea as a means of honoring proprieties.

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