Korean totem poles used to welcome visitors and scare away bad spirits.
Found at the entrance of an old village orof a mountain path in the countryside, savage-looking wooden poles stare down at visitors. Usually presented as a pair ― a male and female general ― these are “jangseung” or Korean traditional totem poles.
With enlarged eyes, a bulbous nose and buckteeth, most jangseung express exaggerated depictions of the humorous sides of people.
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