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Why do some Koreans hang fish in homes, stores, etc? Is it related ot the wooden fish hanging in temples?

In Korea, it is believed that pollack (a fish called myeongtae in Korea) symbolize the fish god with a protective spirit, an influence of Buddhism. Many Korean Buddhist temples hang a large wooden fish, or mogeo, and in homes, padlocks to cabinets, storages and doors are often shaped like fish. Because it is believed that fish never sleep at night, Koreans would hang a dried pollack, or a symbol of the fish god, which they hoped would keep vigil around the clock.

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