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The Koryo Ruler, Common Focus Of Obedience And Worship

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Shared subjection to the same ruler and the worshipping of his persona as the human link between heaven and earth were important aspects of Koryŏ society. The ruler occupied the centre of the community, ideologically, ritually and politically. This chapter focuses on the ruler and the way he functioned as a common focus of obedience, worship and trans-local identification. In order to look into these issues, the chapter analyses the position of the Koryŏ ruler mainly with regard to its ideological and ritual characteristics. Institutionally, the position of the ruler in the bureaucracy needs to be considered. A quick look at the Standard Koryŏ history confirms that the rulers of Koryŏ have been recorded for posterity as kings and the state that they ruled as a kingdom.

Keywords: bureaucracy; Koryŏ ruler; obedience; worship



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