Title : Postage Stamps of Korean Folk Dance Series (2nd Issue)  (View Souvenir Sheet)
Stamp Serial#
948 
KPC#
C-642 
MICHEL#
975 
StanGib#
1168 
Scott#
934 
Date of Issue
04/20/1975 
Quantity
3,000,000 
Denomination
10 won 
Design
Butterfly dance 
Designer
Chun, Hee Han 
Image Area
26mmí┐36mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
10í┐5 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Print
Government Printing &Mint Agency of the Repubic of Korea 
Description
The Ministry of Ccommunications is issuing these two Postage Stamps, depicting the butterfly dance and victory dance, as the second of a series introducing the Korean folklore.

1. Butterfly dance:
Butterfly dance, one of the ritual dances performed at religious services of buddahism, has been popular among the public since the days of the Yi Dynasty. Designed as an offering to Buddha, the butterfly dance is classified into 15 parts, according to the ritual proceedings. This dance is performed in a very devout manner with out moving head, clad in a white monk with sleeves which are like the wings of a butterfly, and putting on a gorgeously decorated large monk hat. Sometimes this dance is performed with a peony flower in each of the dancer's hands.

2. Victory dance:
Designated as important material cultural property No.21, this dance is also called tongyong drum dance. During the japanse invasion of Korea around the end of the 16th century, Admiral Yi Soon-shin called in women entertainers (kisaing girls) of the tongyong district, and had them dance for the purpose of boosting the morale of Korean warriors. Thus, kisaing girls used to perform this dance singing a song expressing their deep respects to the Admiral for his sublime spirit of loyalty and high virtues, and praying for his victory over the japanese invaders. Women, clad in red, blue, black and white respectively, perform this dance going round a drum.

The Victory dance is performed even nowadays every year at the spring and fall religious services dedicated to Adm. Yi, and on the occasion of observing his birthday Anniversary at his shrine.