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* Date : 2006-05-08




<Mystery of Asia>

Westerners call the Asian culture “mysterious.” To Asians, however, it’s just a way of life that is scientific.
“Mystery of Asia” is a documentary showcasing the large and small elements that make up Asian culture. To foreigners, the topics may seem exotic -- Shamanism, Eastern medicine, martial arts and the Kama Sutra are some of the subjects touched upon in the series. But to residents in Asia, these themes are a part of history as well as modern life.
Tune in and discover the tradition, soul and wisdom behind the Asian lifestyle. That way, it won’t be a mystery anymore.

1. Ninja, A journey of finding the shadow
Ninjas thrived during the dark ages known as the Warrior Period. Everyone knew about them and their ideology. This episode covers one Westerner’s journey to understand the fact that ninjas were a very real part of Japanese history.

2. Erotica, It runs through the earth
The Kama is known to be the most important type of pleasure, one that takes precedence over even religious perfection. It also had little to do with status, academics and wealth. In fact, in India, sexuality is part of the Sage’s lineage. What are some of the things ancient Indians attained through sexuality? Find out on this episode of “Mystery of Asia.”

3. Judgement of Character
Humans have long read each other’s faces. Experts can even decipher one’s past and future just from looking at the visage. This episode poses seven questions about the face. A representative motto? “We can change our faces through effort, and the changed face can change destiny.”

4. Qi, the Universe in you
What exactly is ki-energy? And how does it serve as the basis for numerous unsolved phenomena? Tune in and explore the world of ki-energy. You’ll discover that the human body and spirit make up one very distinct microcosm.

5. Between
Ever wonder how a shaman in Korea leads a spiritual, active life amid the industrial and technology-driven climate of modern times? This episode takes viewers inside the private lives of Shamans, shedding light on how Shaman believes play a part in everyday Korean life.

6. Genghis Khan, the memory of the wind
Follow two artists as they journey to the hometown of Genghis Khan and re-experience the legend’s greatness. Through meeting intriguing people and visiting enlightening places, they learn the true meaning of this unforgettable figure and about the history of Mongolia.

7. Singing with spirits
Khoomy is a specific type of traditional vocal music sung with the throat. The song arises from the spirit, which adds to the art’s elusive and fascinating air. Unearth the mysteries of khoomy.

8. Sky burial, returning to life through death (Working title)
The setting is a temple in northern Tibet. The situation? Foreigners are prohibited from entering territory around the temple because a body, surrounded by eagles, is being carried. This is the venue for traditional Tibetan funerals, also known as sky burials. This film reveals the hidden philosophy of Tibetan life and death, a secret that has been sustained for  centuries.

9.  Elixir of Life 
The human race has dreamt about immortality since the beginning of its history. This episode zooms in on a herb for eternal youth – one that has been sought by generations of ancient doctors and royal cooks. Dive into the mysteries of Asian medicinal herbs.

10. Desire for Emptiness
Western countries have satiated the human desire to fly through science and mechanics. Asia, in contrast, has tried to transcend gravity by using “Kyungongsul” (flying skills). Re-discover the origin of Asian martial arts.


<The Culture Contents Industry is the Future>

Part 1
Under a theme that maintains the 21st century is an era of cultural war, this Arirang Special shows how the world will compete in the cultural industry. Viewers can listen to diverse comments by economic experts from around the nation, and learn how lifestyles have changed through the influence of Korean cultural content. Viewers can also learn about Korean workers who have made successful inroads in other nations with their cultural materials.

Part 2
Part 2 of the program analyzes how Korea is making an effort to become a pillar of the cultural industry. Featuring Korea’s new trends, you can learn how the country has transformed into a cultural-industry nation from one centered on manufacturing. Tune in to learn more about the Korean Wave trend, including dramas, movies, animations, and mobile content, all of which have been spreading around the world. Viewers can also glimpse what Korea may look like in the future.


<Dokdo Documentary>
Dokdo Islands are in the East Sea, in a remote area separated from the Korean peninsula. The maritime dispute between South Korea and Japan began last April, and diplomats from both nations have been negotiating the issue. Protesters, including civic activists in Korea, have demonstrated to oppose Japan’s statement. Arirang takes a closer look at this dispute, at the relationship between the two nations, the history of the islands, Japan’s motive for its actions and why the world should pay attention to this issue.


<Korean Arts & Lifestyle>
Co-produced with the Korea Foundation, Arirang broadcasts a special documentary titled “Korean Arts & Lifestyle” in three parts: “The Clothes, Foods and Houses of Early Korea,” “The Life of Koreans” and “The Beauty of Traditional Korean Arts.”
In part I, we travel back to early Korea to explore lifestyles and how they pursued a balance of arts and nature. Features include houses built with scientific logistics for lighting and wind in mind, comfortable clothes that reflect nature’s beauty and the cultivation of a healthy cuisine.

Part II addresses filial piety, a highly regarded and essential Korean virtue. Highlighting the fact that a rich culture is not born quickly, but rather, over time and lifetimes, for that matter, this program shows how Korea’s ancestors made history and how modern-day folks can best preserve their contributions.

Part III is all about traditional Korean arts, including traditional Korean drawings, music, and dances. Viewers will understand just how essential nature is to the realization of Korean arts through paintings that depict the authenticity of nature, through music made with completely natural instruments, and through dances that convey the cycle of life.

This three-part series is an opportunity for the global audience to better understand Korea, its arts and its lifestyles.

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