Confucian Transformation Of Women
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Confucian Transformation of Women
Korea adopted Confucianism as the guiding principle for reform with the founding of the Chos˘n Dynasty in 1392. For women in Korean society, this meant virtual doom. The Chos˘n period is considered to be the dark age for women's culture and women in general. The philosophy of Confucianism considered the relationship between man and woman to be the root of all human relations. The union between man and woman is regarded to be the foundation of human morality. In Confucianism, there is a hierarchical order between man and woman that is cosmologically sanctioned. This order must be maintained for the proper functioning of the human order and society. To accomplish this, human passions had to be kept in check. Thus, Confucianism drew a cl ear distinction between the woman's domestic sphere and the man's public sphere. To Confucianist, the law of nature gave women an inferior and subordinate position in all aspects of life.
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