Posted on February 20, 2011


Wildcrafting and Famine Relief

From the National Folk Museum ” In Spring, wild vegetables like mugwort and wild Alliums are found in the mountains and fields.  Koreans believed that these wild vegetables bring back one’s appetite after the lean winter and introduce the start of spring.  However, gathering wild vegetables was also a sign of starvation and poverty, because it meant that no other crops existed.  During the Spring shortage, when old crops had been consumed and a new crop of grain had not yet ripened, people had difficulty finding food.  In especially bad circumstances, people had to survive by eating grass roots and the bark of trees.  The government carried out famine relief policies to help the people avoid starvation.

Bongnyeoung kkochaengi, Long Dibbles used to search for medicinal herbs

Yakchogaengi, Hoe for medicinal herbs

Bagunigeoli, Branched Hook for Basket and Malkoji, Branched Hook
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