Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Beauty of Korean Catholicism

Korean starlet Kim Tae-hee (김태희) caused a quite a stir (and perhaps an upsurge in male conversions) with these recent photos.

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Blogger 박태민 마태오 said...

Kim Tae-hee is beautiful and maybe even more so with the chapel veil. I wish more would wear them in Canada (where I'm from). In India they use part of their saris to cover their heads.

Let's not forget another beautiful Korean covert to Catholicism: figure-skater Kim Yeon-ah (김연아) which is usually pronounced Yuna (유나) in the west.

May 1, 2012 at 10:22 PM  
Blogger papabear said...

A longer veil is preferable to the "lacey plate" though recently I've been admiring the Russian headscarf.

May 2, 2012 at 12:40 AM  
Blogger Dauvit Balfour said...

I'd convert for her. Though, since I'm already Catholic, I merely note that she is not wearing a ring. (Now that I think about it, I must wonder if that means anything. Cultural question: Do Koreans wear wedding or engagement rings?)

May 2, 2012 at 7:32 AM  
Blogger Iosue Andreas Sartorius said...

She's single as far as I know, and perhaps even a virgin.

Koreans have adopted wedding rings, but not the obligation to wear them 24/7. At least up until a few years ago, if you were over 30 for a guy or over 27 for a gal, you were either married or a complete loser, so age, rather than wedding rings, was the marker of marital status.

Also, wedding rings were not really needed because there was no pick-up culture. It's just culturally next to impossible for two Korean strangers to be able to talk to each other, so you were either introduced by some mutual friend or a match-making company who would vouch for your single status.

Also, married guys looking for some infidelity would never think of taking off the ring to deceive some innocent lass; they'd just go to the local "hostess" bar and call in a girl for some "compensated dating" as they call it in Japan.

So I guess the wedding ring exists, but not as a public symbol.

May 2, 2012 at 10:17 PM  

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