Inspiration for Tomb of A Celtic Man In Korea (2013)

A Man from Aran Islands

There was a group of Celts, who lived on the Aran Islands near Ireland. They spoke the Proto-Indo-European language.  They did not know exactly where the language originated. They had just learned it from their fathers and mothers and the leaders of the group.

One day the great leader died. The people of the group wanted to mourn his achievements together, so they collected big flat stones and built a structure on the burial spot. Also, they wanted to leave his name on the stone, so they made four dents that were like the four birthmarks on his back. They called this a dolmen.

After his death, they started to expand their territories and crossed the sea and another sea and finally they arrived in a huge land. It was an arduous journey to find a new land in which to live. During the journey, some of the old men passed away and one by one they were buried under the dolmens. The natives in the new land looked at the dolmen and started to bury their leaders and members of the family in the same way. Eventually, it became a custom.

The journey continued, but the Celts missed their home in the Aran Islands. Aran means poignant love. The Celts made a song for the homelands and the lyrics expressed sweet sorrow. It is about a girl who is missing her lover who remained in the Aran Islands. The song had a beautiful tune and so it was passed on to others, both  in the new land and elsewhere. People also wanted to know the lyrics, so it was translated into their languages. After this, it continued to be passed on to others, again and again.

Written by Chris Bahng 2013

Tomb of A Celtic Man in Korea (Object),     
3D Printed Black Plastic,
110 (H) X 140 (W) X120 (D) mm,
Photo: Chris Bahng

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