Damo (; ; fl. c. 500 BC) was a Pythagorean philosopher said by many to have been the daughter of Pythagoras and Theano.
Damo (; lit. "Female Detective Damo in the Joseon Dynasty"; also known as The Legendary Police Woman) is a 2003 South Korean fusion historical drama, starring Ha Ji-won, Lee Seo-jin, and Kim Min-joon. Set in the Joseon Dynasty, it tells the story of Chae-ok, a damo relegated to the low-status job of a female police detective who investigates crimes involving women of the upper class. Chae-ok (Ha) shares a forbidden love with her mentor and superior Hwangbo Yoon (Lee), but while working undercover on a counterfeit ring case, she finds herself drawn to Jang Sung-baek (Kim), the mysterious leader of the rebel army she has infiltrated.
It aired on MBC from July 28 to September 9, 2003 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 for 14 episodes.
Damo specifically refers to class of servants during the Joseon Dynasty who were considered lower than slaves in their overall ranking within Korean society. Their main responsibility was to serve tea to the gentries. (Damo is literally translated as "Tea Lady".) Damos were also employed in the palace to work as attendants in various government departments.
Some historical records have indicated that in certain times, Damos were used as police officers to investigate crime, mostly for adultery and other crimes involving women, where male investigators could not ask questions about the case without causing embarrassment. They were required to be " taller than 150 centimeters, weigh around 40-45 kilograms, be very agile, flexible, and even withstand large quantities of alcohol without getting drunk."
This unique institution was the main inspiration for the 2003 Korean miniseries Damo, which in turn was based on Bang Hak-gi's manhwaDamo Nam-soon.
Damo can refer to:
- Damo (philosopher), a daughter of Pythagoras and Theano
- Damo (TV series), a 2003 Korean TV drama miniseries
- Damo (Korea), The Korean class of servants
- Bodhidharma, Indian founder of Zen Buddhism, known as Damo (達摩) in China
- Damo Suzuki, Japanese musician
- DAMO, an abbreviation for Domino Access for Microsoft Outlook
- Damo, Somalia, an historic town in northeastern Somalia