Sunday, September 18, 2005

Fortresses, Women, Stones and Heads...



We return to South Korea this evening, and to the Gochan fortress. According to ancient tradition, walking the kilometre or so around the fortress with a stone on your head is supposed to be a very good thing to do for women. If you walk around once, it cures pain in legs (which may or may not have been obtained by walking around a fortress with a stone on your head), if you walk around twice you lead a long and healthy life, and if you walk around three times and you'll go to heaven.

This is a fantastic example of enlisting the help of a local when Standing By Your Statue. I can’t vouch whether she attempted a few laps around the fortress, but I can confirm that Caitlin (middle) and SwissToni’s Mum (right) didn’t bother!

8 comments:

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Dancer said...

I really like your web page!! Each and every one is unique, entertaining, and great fun. This latest one might actually prompt me to put Korea on my "to do" list.
Thanks.

John said...

Spookily, I'm listening to Bob Dylan at the moment. According to him, everybody must get stoned. My iPod knows things, I swear it does.

Statue John said...

Funny that as that song will be included on the new album "Stand By Your Statues - The Anthems". Out in all good record stores before Christmas.

SwissToni said...

the lovely lady on the left is Alice, my brother's wife, and the reason we were in Korea in the firstplace (I'm not in the habit of going on long haul holidays with my parents you know).

ST

Statue John said...

Ahem. Doh! Sorry Mr S. Not good research form at all and it is soooo obvious.

Statue John said...

Of course, even bigger apologies to Alice..