| ||The Koreans bury their dead according to Confucian rituals in which geomancy—an art of divination that attributes qualities to certain sites by detecting the flow of positive and negative energy based on their contours—plays a preponderant role. A geomancer throws a handful of soil on the coffin and studies the signs it makes in landing in order to divine the place where the deceased should be buried. As this could be anywhere, there are no cemeteries in Korea. Graves are disseminated throughout the land and, as in this field of ginseng, grass grows back over them. There are no tombstones; only the deceased’s loved ones know that his mortal remains lie here. Anyone else would see only a mound of earth in a half-moon, caused by a natural fold in the terrain. Every grave is unique, for every deceased person is buried according to the unique signs made by the soil thrown on the coffin.
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