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“Cha Jin Nong Poo Ga”

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Cha Jin Nong Poo Ga

This Korean farmer’s song, accompanied by a drum, is an excerpt from the story of Choon Hyang, an opera written by an unknown composer on the subject of absolute chastity, the highest virtue of womanhood. It dates from the Lee dynasty (1392-1910). The song tells something about the life of the farmer, his sowing and his harvesting, and in its natural setting it is sung by the farmers as they work in the fields. It expresses a joyful and optimistic view of human life.

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