Features of material culture

Features of the material culture of Koreans vividly reflect the ethnic history of the Korean people, in particular the history of its interaction with neighboring peoples of Eastern Asia, primarily the Chinese. A number of features of the material culture of Koreans on the origin associated with tropical and subtropical areas of Southeast Asia, bring them together with other far Eastern peoples: many aspects of agriculture, particularly rice cultivation, alternating possibility gardening, types of agricultural implements, such as plough and cattle (no milk), poultry and pigs of southern origin, dog meat as food, clothing swing type sweater or Bathrobe and more. All this indicates, undoubtedly, a significant part in the formation of Korean ethnic groups of southern origin, originally associated with the extreme South of China, Indochina and Indonesia. It is possible that the language of these “southern” group were Indonesians, related to certain groups of ancient Yue, who, according to Chinese historians, the Zhou time was reached in the North of modern Shan-Tung. It should also be borne in mind that “southern” elements in the culture of people in Ireland could be considerably strengthened by immigrants from the aforementioned Yin of China, the culture which, as we know, had many features of southern origin.

In the material culture of the Koreans undoubtedly the presence of “Northern” elements, in origin related to peoples of Siberia and Central Asia, primarily with the Tungus-manchurians, and can be, and with earlier Paleoasiatic. Among them the ancient population of Korea can be attributed, for example, existed here in II—I millennia BC round the dugout to the entrance through the smoke hole, and contemporary population — ondol, top different types of fur garments, the wearing of pants, completely not characteristic for the peoples of the Asian tropics and subtropics. With its Northern neighbours, especially with the Manchus and the peoples of the Soviet Amur region, the Koreans also brought together some anthropological features (light skin with yellowish tinge, comparatively wide and very tall face, narrow nose, etc.). Linguistic data, as we mentioned, also suggest a kinship with Koreans, Tungus-Manchurian peoples.

Thus, the analysis of the ethnographic materials on Korea in combination with the data of anthropology and linguistics enables you to make an assumption about the participation in the ethnogenesis of the Koreans, Tungus, and can be, and Paleoasiatic tribes mentioned in ancient Chinese sources on North-Eastern frontier of China called “Dunya”.


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