The Formation of the United Lineage in Korea

Paik, Sungjong
January 2000
History of the Family;2000, Vol. 5 Issue 1, p75
Academic Journal
ABSTRACT: The majority of Koreans belong to several notable family name-groups. Furthermore, most Koreans believe that, if they hold their family name in common, they have common ancestors. Today in South Korea many lineages, convinced that they have descended from a common ancestor, organize united lineages, the so-called taejonghoe. These exercise a large influence on Korean social life through various activities. This article describes the reasons that caused the development of the united lineages with hundreds of thousands of members; who the persons were who felt the need to build up such mass organizations; and how society has reacted upon the emergence of these organizations. In addition, comparisons are drawn between Korean lineages with their counterparts in China, so as to bring out some characteristics of the Korean lineage more clearly.


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