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Symbolism of Hairstyles in Korea and Japan

Na-Young Choi
Asian Folklore Studies
Vol. 65, No. 1 (2006), pp. 69-86
Published by: Nanzan University
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30030374
Page Count: 18
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Abstract

The paper attempts to examine the origins and changes in the hairstyles of Korea and Japan from ancient to early modern times and to compare their features in order to determine what they have in common. The results can be summarized in four points: First, hairstyles were thought to fend off evil influences; second, they were a means to express an ideal of beauty; third, they were an expression of a woman's marital status; and fourth, they were an expression of social status and wealth.

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