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European Middle Ages Research Report

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Roger Shi
Mrs. Foster
Social Studies 7.4
25 Feb 2022
The Goryeo Dynasty and The Kundika
Do you know about the bottle Buddhists use that plays a key role in their ritual? It is the
Kundika! It is a large bottle for storing water. It is also a
water filter, which can make dirty water turn into clean
water. In As you can see in this photo, the clean water is
sprinkled around the top. The Goryeo aristocrats and
officials often used the kundika for storing water for
extended periods of time. It affected the Goryeo dynasty
by making a reliable source for storing water and a
valuable tool for Buddhist rituals.
The Kundika effected history a lot in the world that it was present in. The Kundika
(Ewer) was first created in India, where Buddhist monks would give Buddha clean water from
the Kundika. (Museum). Slowly, the Kundika was transported and moved around to China, and
then finally to Korea, where the Koreans would learn how to make one. (National). When the
Kundika was being transported slowly, the Kundika slowly got modified and altered. The
Kundika affected history by creating a safe and reliable source of water, which was rare at that
time. This made it so that there would be fewer diseases that would be drunk, making the
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population healthier, which makes early deaths less likely. The Kundika truly had a significant
effect on the world where the Kundika was.
The Kundika has many great purposes. For example, The Kundika is used for Buddhist
rituals. The water would come out of the Kundika and spray around it. Most Buddhist temples
usually have a few Kundika around the place. The clean water is often stored inside of the
Kundika for extended periods of time, which a lot of Goryeo Officials and nobles use to store
water. It is essential to daily life as it can filter water so that people have clean and safe water to
drink. (Museum) When the monks would spray water, it would be a key part of their ritual.
Additionally, when dirty water is poured into the Kundika, it would be converted into clean
water, which could be stored for extended periods of time, for many purposes. The Kundika has
many purposes that would help the people.
The Kundika has a very deep meaning than realized. For example, the Kundika is
believed that when you look at it, you would think of Utopia. This is because of Buddhist
Traditions, and it is also a source of clean water, which is essential, which is another reason
many people believe that the Kundika represents Utopia. (Museum) The Kundika's meaning goes
deeper than just the simple bronze bottle. This means that when people think of Utopia, it means
happiness, which is because the Kundika can convert dirty water into clean water. The Kundika
has a very deep meaning.
The Value of the Kundika is significant. For example, The Kundika is a key role in
Buddhist rituals, which need it because it can sprinkle clean water around the place. (National)
Most people also think of it as religious because of the key role of it in Buddhist rituals. Plus, the
kundika can provide clean and safe water to people which is especially important because dirty
water can cause diseases and other harmful things to the body. (Museum) The kundika can also
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store water, which many people do because there are not really any safe places to store clean
water. (National) Water, especially clean water, is especially important as it makes it so less
diseases and other harmful objects get into your body. Also, people can get hope from the
Kundika because of the Buddhists' religious beliefs, which can create happiness. The value in the
Kundika is larger than you think.
The Kundika greatly affected the world. Like that it symbolizes utopia and that it can be a
place of storage and a place to convert dirty water into clean, drinkable water. There are many
more reasons why the Kundika was important to the world.
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Works Cited
National Museum of Korea. National Museum of Korea.
www.museum.go.kr/site/eng/archive/united/14922. 14 Feb 2022.
National Museum of Korea. National Museum of Korea.
www.museum.go.kr/site/eng/archive/post/archive_19. 21 Feb 2022.
Philadelphia Museum of Art. Philadelphia Museum of Art.
www.philamuseum.org/collection/object/82932. 26 Jan 2022.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/50446?exhibitionId=%7BB8CA7AB9-B7914CF7-872C542C420B6272%7D&oid=50446&pkgids=285&pg=1&rpp=60&pos=25&ft=%2A. 14
Feb 2022.