It all started with a handful of young monks who concluded that they prefer to make music rather than sit in silence and meditate. So they left their cloister and formed a band. Instead of abandoning what they learned, they let it influence and be part of their music, mixing traditional sounds with more modern tunes and addressing religious topics as well as the problems of young people. They named themselves "Meo Maiji Dudes" and travelled around to show their newfound art to others. Young people, especially girls, quickly found interest in Meo Maiji. They learn the lyrics, sing along with their idols and also dress like them.
The Meo Maiji Dudes picked up this quote from one of their fans, establishing "KI Pop" as the name of this new lifestyle.
KI Pop enthusiast
"What happens if music touches your soul? It makes your KI pop!"
Soon other groups followed with odd names like Papapoo, Miracle Boys or Green-Eyed Ladies. Each of them has its distinct fan group, but there are many youngsters who just idolize all of them. Handwritten copies of their lyrics are a well sought good, they are traded or bought for always rising prices. Even youngsters outside of Han have found pleasure in them, and KI Poppers trade originals or translated versions of the lyrics for silly things they found exist in other countries.
Common Customs, traditions and rituals
KI Poppers like to sing along with their favourite groups. Rumour has it that after a Meo Maiji Dudes performance in Ojiro the singing and chanting went on for twelve more hours, with the band long gone. Local officials had tried to end the gathering with the effect that the singing juveniles dispersed into the whole city having spontaneous dance-ins to their favourite tunes on every public plaza.
A smooth and even face is of high importance for KI Poppers, any blemish gets hidden under a layer of powder or whatever they can afford to make their face look clean.
Gender is of no importance and a floating state for Ki Poppers when it comes to appearance and behaviour.