Kkangpae (깡패), also known as Jopok (조폭), are members of various crime syndicates originating from the based regions of SK, the influence leads throughout the world making the network transnational and known by many. San Shin operates as one of many syndicates using its influence to strengthen its market and economy with international commerce, the syndicate makes itself compatible of the likes of the yakuza (極道) by adopting a similar tradition but with their innovation of guidelines to follow.
The syndicate was originally a placeholder for low-classed citizens to exploit politicians into forcing them to lower taxes by using fear tactics and propaganda, the first activity dated of the syndicate was during the mid-late 19th century, the country became divided into sections of citizenship - high class medium class and low class, which created divide between the people. The segregation between classes caused clashes between each other erupting a whole array of infighting to compete for the most profit of the land. Its politically motivated agenda caused political gangs to form and stir mayhem against opposition; the syndicate played a huge role in such acts by being funded by right-wing politicians to cause even more corruption throughout the land.
Although the syndicate is based upon nothing but exploitation of the rich, the bias it holds to respect the weak and support them in struggle sheds light onto their image, during the political mob era, the group became more concerned to the carnage that the political groups caused - one incident led by a bunch of youth anarchists which they demonstrated their agenda onto innocent farmers via arson on farmhouses and crops; in response to incidents the syndicate would send supplies and help reconstruct infrastructure, regardless of the thought behind this, whether it be a ploy to further recruitment the syndicate kept a noble attitude towards the needy - however many innocent people were abused regardless of the nobility and admiration carried out by the syndicate - other factions failed to follow. It's also evident that the syndicate has and still does a strong hatred against communism, the idea of communism threatened the weeding out of their entire group causing them to submit to the government, also the taking of private property all assets belonging to the very party.
The hierarchy during the period was different, based on your reputation and work you would be given a specific title.
chungseong sang-in (충성 상인) literally translating to loyal merchant would be given on the basis of your economy and contribution to the network.
chung sin (충 신) translating to loyalist was a title given to underlings of a faction, such as thugs.
It's estimated that the member count was around 10,000 - 11,000 roughly, which named itself notorious and formidable in its spotlight.
It's following was huge as laborers and merchants took advantage of the system by applying to the core principle of unity with many of them forming factions - along with a moving foundation carried out by thugs.
It's common between the 極道 and 깡패 to ornament themselves in traditional tattoos as a way of initiation further into the group, carried out when a member is ready to further progress onto the gyeonglo kkaedal-eum (경로 깨달음) path to enlightenment. It's either letters or imagery of mythical gods and creatures that are inked onto your body, each god can represent hope, luck and wealth depending on what god it may be.
Typically, the cutting of one's finger is carried out to straighten the mistake of one - being anything to anger the chairman it will lead to the cutting of one of your fingers; this is used to create an inferior complex of the person to not make the mistake again and behave.
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