[KS] Korean Tea Ceremony and other wonders
werner_sasse at hotmail.com
Thu Aug 16 20:20:22 EDT 2012
Dear Frank and all other friends while this thread is still going on, I anyway want to share the following This list's postings roughly fall into two categories: 1. information seeking and giving, 2. exchange and discussions of scholarly ideasThe problem with 2) starts when words/concepts are being used without definitions. As long as those entering the discussion have the same definition in mind, this - pretty un-scholarly - way of discussing works. But when the key concepts in the discussion are understood differently by those commenting, it is no longer the subject which is being discussed, the disagreement centers around words. And it seems clear by now that this is what happened in this thread. In this connection I cannot suppress the philologist in me....--> "Culture" until about the 15th c. meant mainly s.th. like "tilling the field", which is the original meaning of "cultura" (Latin). All the other meanings came later. Lately the definitions tend to be boiling down to s.th. like "behaviour and the mental structures/ideas/ideologies behind it"--> "문화" has different origin and different connotations. ...文... It must be a translation in the sense of the later meanings of "culture" (Does anyone know who coined it? Japanese?) Do we have the key for understanding the discussion in this thread when we try first to define what we mean by "garden culture"?(And, by the way, what is "Korean culture?" We seem to be in the middle of a very basic discussion, which goes much deeper than just "garden culture") (Interesting, by the way, how "culture" in European languages changed from "changing nature into a desired state by work of hands and tools" --> changing human beings by work of education with paper, ink, and the printing press" to modern meanings which center around -->"behaviour"...} Happy tilling!Werner
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