Religious Civilizations Interacting: Korea, Japan, and Vietnam, 550–1500 CE

Amount negotiated between the family of the groom and the family of the bride to be paid by the former to the latter in some marriage traditions, as compensation for the loss of her labor.

A system of written symbols representing the sounds of syllables, rather than individual consonants and vowels.

In linguistics, the family of languages descended from that spoken by inhabitants of the region of the Altai Mountains in central Asia. Examples include the Turkish languages, Mongolian, and Manchu.

Korean phonetic script, introduced in the middle of the fifteenth century.

A very small blade made of flaked stone and used as a tool, especially in the Mesolithic era.

A Japanese warrior who was a member of the feudal military aristocracy.

A social system in which the mother is head of the family.

Having thin lines or bands.

The chief military official of Japan. The office was hereditary under the Tokugawa family from 1603 until 1867.

Japan's indigenous religion, which emphasizes reverence for nature and the importance of "vitality".

Relating to, based on, or tracing ancestral descent through the maternal line.

The government, rule, or office of a shogun.