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Proverb of the Day Posted by on Feb 3, 2009

It’s that time again!  The awaited Korean Proverb of the Day!  Today’s proverb is kkamagwinun komodo salun huida (까마귀는 검어도 살은 희다).  Let’s break this proverb down to understand its core meaning.  Kkamagwi (까마귀) is a black bird, while the word kom (검) means black.  Sal (살) means flesh while hui (희)means white.  Altogether this…

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Namul (나물) Posted by on Feb 2, 2009

Today’s post is going to be about food!  I recently had a craving for namul (나물) and decided to write a post about the different kinds of namul (나물) out there.  At this point you might be wondering what namul (나물) is.  Namul (나물) is a generic term for a marinated vegetable or plant dish. …

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Musumnal (머슴날) Posted by on Feb 1, 2009

Musumnal (머슴날) is a quaint, rural festival celebrated the first of every February.  Musum (머슴) means servant or farm hand, while nal (날) means day.  Altogether musumnal (머슴날) means the ‘festival of servants.’  This festival is celebrated on Jeju Island (제주).  On this day a shamanistic rite called yungdunggui (영등구이) is performed.  The rite is…

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