kkoktu

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Etymology[edit]

Korean

Noun[edit]

kkoktu (plural kkoktu)

  1. A Korean funerary figure believed to protect, serve and care for the deceased in the immediate afterlife.
    • 2007 August 17, Martha Schwendener, “Korea’s Extraordinary Send-Offs for Ordinary People”, in New York Times[1]:
      The brightly colored replica also gives an idea of how the kkoktu would have looked when they were new and makes clear how much effort went into constructing a bier.