What I found most interesting this week was learning about the culture and how it evolved in each of the Three Kingdoms. I found it fascinating how much culture historians were able to pull just from the tombs of rulers, nobility, and aristocrats in the time period of the late fourth to mid-fifth centuries. For example, in the “Tomb of the Four Spirits,” dragons, tigers, phoenixes, tortoises, and snakes were all featured. These characters were linked to possible religious references in Goguryeo. The animal and religion connection definitely made me realize how linked Chinese culture was to Korea. The Chinese influence was more than just religion, and the elaborate tombs displayed that while also painting pictures of what that time period looked like through the eyes of those residing in the Three Kingdoms.
Seth, Michael J. A Concise History of Korea: from Antiquity to the Present. Rowman & Littlefield, 2020.