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Ceremonious Goods

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/9780520201989.003.0006
Ceremonious Goods

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This chapter examines the interconnectedness of women's work and weddings in Korea. It explains that exchange of ceremonious goods and contributions from close kin in the form of dowry are essential components of a respectable contemporary Korean wedding. The chapter also explains that while an association between dowry and prestige is widely recognized, popular morality holds that extravagant dowries are unnecessary and harmful.

Keywords: women's work; wedding; Korea; ceremonious goods; dowry; popular morality

Chapter.  14519 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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