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A Wedding in Righteous Town

Laurel Kendall

in Getting Married in Korea

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 1996 | ISBN: 9780520201989
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520916784 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520201989.003.0002
A Wedding in Righteous Town

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This chapter describes the wedding of Pak Yŏnghŭi and Yi Chongil held at the Rose Wedding Hall in Righteous Town, Korea in July 1983, explaining that the wedding, like all new-style weddings, unfolded against a recognized masterscript of wedding rituals as packaged and marketed by commercial wedding halls. It discusses the author's observation that even the individually authored churye's speech had a formulaic quality readily susceptible to parody. The chapter argues that the Korean wedding draws its legitimacy and power from the replication of textually ordained gestures and movement, and that the ceremony abides in an esteemed domain of cultural practice associated with written texts and learned transmission.

Keywords: wedding rituals; commercial wedding halls; churye; cultural practice; Righteous Town; Korea; Rose Wedding Hall

Chapter.  10723 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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