South Korea’s kowtow is similar to the Chinese kowtow, which is also the highest etiquette in South Korea. However, it is not uncommon in South Korea to give such a big gift. People can worship Tiandijun and his parents, artists will worship fans, and politicians will worship voters.
There are two ways for Korean men to pray: the first is to raise both hands to the same height as the eyes, then bend over, touch the ground with both hands, kneel on the left and right knees, then touch the elbows to the ground, and the forehead touch the back of the hands; The two forms are roughly the same as the first, except that the position of the hands starts at the same height as the shoulders, and the forehead does not touch the back of the hands. There are also two types of women’s prostrations: the first is to raise their hands to shoulder height, and then touch the back of their foreheads, but the women sit on the ground instead of kneeling; the second is not to raise their hands. , But sticking to the seam of the skirt, slowly bending his knees, touching the ground lightly with the tip of his hand, and lowering his head forward. When praying, you must be solemn and quiet, and you must not make a sound of hitting the ground.
In modern South Korea, people will worship at wedding ceremonies, birthdays of elders, and sacrifices. On the morning of the first day of the first month of the lunar calendar, younger generations will bow to their elders, which is called “Saibai”. It is worth mentioning that due to the impact of the new crown pneumonia epidemic, South Korea also has a “cloud bowing” during the Spring Festival this year. Thousands of young volunteers gave online New Year greetings to widowed and lonely elderly people.
Praying to worship is also popular in Korean political circles. Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye performed 108 prayers at Jogyesa Temple in Seoul for political purposes in 2004. Former South Korea’s Minister of Justice, Cho Mi-ae, was a staunch supporter of former President Roh Moo-hyun, but in 2004, she voted for the impeachment of Roh Moo-hyun. This move triggered criticism from public opinion. After that, Qiu Miai regretted the decision, so she paid a three-step worship in Gwangju to apologize. Some Korean media said that whenever the election season comes, there will be a phenomenon of politicians in South Korea. Enter the key word “kow salute” on search sites such as Google, and the first photos that appear are photos of Korean politicians performing salutes. The above article believes that in East Asian societies dominated by Confucian etiquette norms, it is difficult to find such a powerful message that “As a public servant, I will do my best to serve you.”
Korean sports and entertainment stars will also express their gratitude to their fans by kowtow. In addition, there is a very peculiar phenomenon in South Korea: in the college entrance examination room, the lower grade students will bow to salute to cheer for the candidates. After the exam, candidates will bow to the teacher to show their gratitude.
As for the rationality of kowtow in modern society, South Korean Ms. Lee told the Global Times reporter that she does not think this is a bad habit, and she also kowtows to her elders during festivals. But she feels that this etiquette can change with the changes of the times. Although it is important to preserve traditions, it is not necessary for the family to simply have a reunion dinner. In addition, some South Korean people are also a little disgusted with politicians’ kowtow, thinking it is a show. There is a view that the repeated kowtows by politicians during the election season reflect the immaturity of South Korean politics and make the public feel uncomfortable.