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Comparative Study of Vocabulary and Idiomatic Expressions Related to Death in Korean and Mongolian

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Shamanic ideas merged in Korea with Confucian and Buddhist concepts into a syncretistic worldview
expressing itself in different aspects of life. To Mongolian nomads, in contrast, life is condensed
into an alloy of shamanism and Buddhism. The characteristic features of the vocabulary and idiomatic
expressions relating to death in the Korean and Mongolian languages include ideas about the soul,
the afterlife and the meaning of death — features differing in terms of ethnic psychology and
worldview. The latter is heavily influenced by the radical difference in lifestyle between
Mongolia's nomadic and Korea's agrarian cultures, which lends its colour to the language
of death.


Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul

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