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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Jangseung, Korean totem poles

Standing guard at the Korean Folk Museum

The lost ent tribe of Tolkien?



Keeping a wary eye on the stone guy

Lost map to Middle Earth? --- or a village juristiction map from 1878

It always amazes me how much similarity is found in craft and traditions around the world.  Jangseung, or Korean totem poles, were placed at the entrances of villages in hopes of warding off evil spirits (or evil visitors presumably).  They also could be used to delineate boundaries between "townships" and are believed to extend back to prehistoric times.  Maybe the totem pole tradition migrated across the Bering land bridge at the end of the last ice age?