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Young Kyoon Kim

 
Dr. Kim drew the following conclusions after 20 years of research:

  • 1. Since ancient society, the Earth has been identified with the womb of  motherhood. Praying the rich earth is the same as praying prolificity of  men. The cave and the hole of the earth shown in the myth symbolize a  women’s vagina and birth canal, respectively.
  • 2. The ocean and the primary  sea shown in the myth symbolize the fetal amniotic fluid.
  • 3. The snake  (especially two, entwined snakes) repeated in myth and in ancient art stands as a metaphor for the umbilical cord. The hero that slays the snake  reflects the cutting of the umbilical cord when a woman gives birth.
  • 4.  There are many myths of snakes in the world, especially in China:  Fuxi(sun  god) and Nuwa(moon goddess)’s lower halves of bodies were entwined like  copulating snakes.
  • 5. Fuxi and Nuwa’s figure of entwined snakes symbolizes  the umbilical cord and perhaps inspired our Korean term for an entwined  straw rope as ‘Gumjul(sacred rope)’, which is hung on a gate to indicate  that a new baby was just born in that house. This ritual also spread to  Japan and called ‘Shimenawa’ in that country.
  • 6. ‘Sam-Sin’ is a god of  birth who plays a role of midwife in Korean myth.
  • 7. The reason why mankind  prefers the numeral ‘3’ and regards the numeral ‘3’ as a holy number can be  understood by two hypotheses of mine.

 

  1. The first hypothesis concerns the  effect of gravity at the beginning of the universe. After the Big Bang,  every organism and object is subjected to the force of gravity. Accordingly, we have used to pursue balance, harmony, and stability  instinctively. As a result, humans chose the triangle and numeral ‘3’ that  have the most stable composition by instinct.
  2. Secondly, we discuss the  hypothesis of the <embryologic effect>. The birth was a sacred ceremony to ancient people. I think that they regarded the umbilical cord as a sacred  rope of life. The shape and function of the umbilical cord which consists  of 3 blood vessels including two veins and one artery was sacred and  supported our perspective on the special quality of the numeral ‘3’. I assure that these two hypotheses have affected mankind’s culture in various  ways.

Therefore, the numeral ‘3’ has descended from ancient times to now  as a phenomenon of mankind’s culture.

Dr. Kim has been writing a book concerning the culture of the numeral ‘3’.  He said that his goal in life was to establish the museum of the culture of  3. He received the key to understand the truth of the universe through his  discovery of the numeral ‘3’. Medicine helps give birth to new life and can  affect the quality of life. I think that Dr. Kim’s study of the numeral ‘3’  is worthwhile because he manifests continued concern for humanity and  harbors the sentiment that medicine is intended for the betterment of  mankind. His perception of the importance of the numeral ‘3’ has been in  his heart for a long time. Therefore, his study of the numeral ‘3’ is the  philosophy that constitutes the basis of his life and study for the past 20  years. This philosophy has assured that Dr. Kim has already  fully  incorporated the concept of the numeral ‘3’ in every facet of his life and  maintains his curiosity about new discoveries in his life. His enjoyment of  his life and study are evident in the passion with which he speaks about  it. He seemed very proud of his ability to find an accurate metaphor for  human existence. He has participated in the ‘Mythology Academy’ as a  member, although he is not a strict mythologist. On doing my interview with  him, I felt that the human curiosity for truth has no bounds. Although  technology of medicine marches forward without stop, we usually do not  think deeply about the love of mankind and the reason why we have to regard  our life highly and nobly. The numeral ‘3’ is a clue to show that mankind  has kept a lot of affection toward life. So, it seems to be Dr. Kim’s aim  to illuminate the deep pride of medicine in the field of humanities through  his study and systematic writing.

 

I have a blog so that you can visit there. Even though everything is written in Korean, I hope you could find some interesting photographs.

http://blog.chosun.com/blog.screen?blogId=35501

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