favorite study place | definitely my desk! fun fact: a Korean monk actually wrote my name in hangul calligraphy and a smol message - he looked my in the face and wrote great/big (idk the best translation) hope on it. This really inspires me to give my best everyday!
Your male reproductive organs have long finished maturing by this point. But our nation’s education system disregarded that reality and worked to keep that bit of truth strictly hidden away from us. They only emphasized the need for academic achievement and completely stomped out our natural burning desire for the flesh by enforcing us to live our lives like celibate monks. The Korean education system can go fuck itself.
Is working with dragons considered spirit work? Should I read about spirits and protection before working with them or are they "just" creatures? Thanks!
Working with dragons could be considered spiritwork yes, as typically they are regarded as spirits. However, keep in mind that certain cultures still worship and pray to dragons as our guardians and gods, such as East Asian and Southeast Asian folk traditions. In a Korean perspective, we typically have specified people to work with spirits on your behalf (monks, Korean shamans/만신), so the typical spiritworker and/or person in general should not be “working with” our dragon spirits as they do not know the appropriate context, rites, offerings and so on.
You can see more about it in my brief PSA post here.
Our dragon spirits cannot be bound to a vessel by a layperson/typical spiritworker, they cannot be sold by a layperson/typical spiritworker, etc.
As for dragons who don’t belong to closed off traditions as I mentioned above (like wyverns or European dragons), you will want to maintain a high level of respect when you broach a dragon spirit. They tend to form their own clans and laws (much like fae), so be wary. Learn their rules, obey them if you want to stay on their good side. Respecting their boundaries is incredibly important. Their ‘hoard’ may be physical items or other metaphysical things (e.g. power sources). If you piss off a dragon, don’t expect for them to stick around. They will move on and ignore you, sometimes for hundreds of years, especially since time is of no consequence to them.
Papermaking, gunpowder, printing and the compass are four ancient inventions by Chinese people that have had a huge impact on the entire world.
Paper Making 造纸术
The invention of paper greatly contributed to the spread and development of civilization. Before its invention, bones, tortoise shells, and bamboo slips were all used as writing surfaces.
In 105 A.D. Cai Lun, a eunuch during the Eastern Han Dynasty, invented paper from worn fishnet, bark and cloth. These raw materials could be easily found at a much lower cost so large quantities of paper could be produced.
The making technique was exported to Korea in 384 A.D. A Korean Monk then took this skill with him to Japan in 610 A.D.
During a war between the Tang Dynasty and the Arab Empire, the Arabs captured some Tang soldiers and paper making workers. Thus, a paper factory was set up by the Arabs.
In the 11th Century the skill was carried to India when Chinese monks journeyed there in search of Buddhist sutras.
Through the Arabs, Africans and Europeans then mastered the skill. The first paper factory in Europe was set up in Spain. In the latter half of the 16th century, this skill was brought to America. By the 19th century, when paper factories were set up in Australia, paper making had spread to the whole world.
Gun Powder 火药
In Chinese, gunpowder is called huo yao (火药), meaning flaming medicine. Unlike paper and printing, the birth of gunpowder was quite accidental. It was first invented inadvertently by alchemists while attempting to make an elixir of immortality. It was a mixture of sulphur, saltpeter, and charcoal. At the end of the Tang Dynasty, gunpowder was being used in military affairs. During the Song and Yuan Dynasties, frequent wars spurred the development of cannons, and fire-arrows shot from bamboo tubes.
In the 12th and 13th centuries, gunpowder spread to the Arab countries, then Greece, other European countries, and finally all over the world.
Inspired by engraved name seals, Chinese people invented fixed-type engraved printing around 600 A.D. The skill played an important role in the Song Dynasty but its shortcomings were apparent. It was time-consuming to engrave a model, not easy to store, and not easy to revise errors.
During the reign of Emperor Ren Zong of the Northern Song Dynasty, Bi Sheng invented movable, reusable clay type after numerous tests. Single types were made and picked out for printing certain books. These types could be used again and again for different books. Because of the large number of different characters in the Chinese written language, this technique did not have a dramatic impact at the time. However, today, this typesetting technique is regarded as a revolution in the industry. About 200 years later, this moveable-type technique spread to other countries and advanced the development of world civilization.
During the Warring States period, a device called a Si Nan became the forerunner of the compass. A Si Nan was a ladle-like magnet on a plate with the handle of the ladle pointing to the south. In the 11th century, tiny needles made of magnetized steel were invented. One end of the needle points north while the other points south. The compass was thus created. The compass greatly improved a ship’s ability to navigate over long distances. It was not until the beginning of the 14th century that compass was introduced to Europe from China.
Bojo Jinul Bojo Jinul (1158–1210), often called Jinul or Chinul for short, was a Korean monk of the Goryeo period, who is considered to be the most influential figure in the formation of Korean Seon (Zen) Buddhism. He is credited as the founder of the Jogye Order, by working to unify the disparate sects in Korean Buddhism into a cohesive organisation.