[KS] Question

Ruediger Frank rf2101 at columbia.edu
Fri Jan 10 15:18:17 EST 2003

Dear all,

driving steel rods into the ground to disrupt energy flows is indeed an old 
custom and has been practiced during some recent elections in South Korea, 
if I am informed correctly (affecting the graves of the opponent's ancestors).
We know what the Japanese did. However, I am wondering whether there really 
exists credible evidence on the NORTH Koreans trying to use geomantic tools 
like the one described (or others) to influence their own or their enemie's 
destiny. As far as I understand it, that would be contrary to the official 
ideology and therefore extremely interesting. It is one thing to insist 
that the North Korean ideology contains many traditional elements; having 
some hard facts backing this would be nice.



At 04:22 AM 1/11/03 +0900, you wrote:
>At 03:18 AM 1/11/2003, you wrote:
>>"I have heard that the North Koreans drove long metal rods into the 
>>ground during the Korean Conflict. The South Koreans had to remove these 
>>after the war. The purpose was to disrupt the natural energy flow within 
>>the country (most probably a concept based in their religion or ancient 
>>teachings). Can you give me any information or suggest a research source 
>>on this?"


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