Aspects and Cultural-historical Values of Plays in Buddhist Rituals During Goryeo Dynasty

Tae-Young Kim1, Eui-Ryong Hwang2*
College of Education, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
107 Imun-ro, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul 02450, Korea
Since its introduction to East Asia, Buddhism had developed with close relations with politics. In particular, Buddhism had great influence on the spirit and everyday life of ordinary people in its acceptance process, and later played an important role in the creation of culture in East Asia. Wang Geon (877-943), who founded Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392), accepted Buddhism as the national governing ideology and held various Buddhist rituals. Therefore, it is necessary to try to understand from the viewpoint that the Buddhist rituals of Goryeo Dynasty were the national ceremonies.
The purpose of this study is to identify the aspects of plays reflected in the Buddhist rituals of Yeondeung-hoe and Palgwan-hoe that were held until the fall of Goryeo Dynasty. During the rituals, diverse plays were always performed, which were accompanied by teas, food, wine, dancing, music, flowers, fruits, etc. They were held as the grand festivals that provided people with various things to eat and watch. 
In particular, the plays, which were held as a ceremony of Yeondeung-hoe and Palgwan-hoe, started to get out of a primitive form from this period and could develop a balanced form. As they were passed down to Joseon Dynasty, their frame and form became consolidated into what they are today. The banquet held in the Buddhist rituals of Goryeo Dynasty had a medieval cultural value thanks to their contribution to reproduction and development of various plays.

Goryeo society, Buddhist rituals, Yeondeung-hoe, Palgwan-hoe





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2nd Eurasian Conference on Educational Innovation 2019

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