Religions of Korea in Practice

Religions of Korea in Practice

by Robert E. Buswell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691113475

ISBN-13: 9780691113470

Pub. Date: 11/13/2006

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Korea has one of the most diverse religious cultures in the world today, with a range and breadth of religious practice virtually unrivaled by any other country. This volume in the Princeton Readings in Religions series is the first anthology in any language, including Korean, to bring together a comprehensive set of original sources covering the whole gamut of

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Korea has one of the most diverse religious cultures in the world today, with a range and breadth of religious practice virtually unrivaled by any other country. This volume in the Princeton Readings in Religions series is the first anthology in any language, including Korean, to bring together a comprehensive set of original sources covering the whole gamut of religious practice in both premodern and contemporary Korea.

The book's thirty-two chapters help redress the dearth of source materials on Korean religions in Western languages. Coverage includes shamanic rituals for the dead and songs to quiet fussy newborns; Buddhist meditative practices and exorcisms; Confucian geomancy and ancestor rites; contemporary Catholic liturgy; Protestant devotional practices; internal alchemy training in new Korean religions; and North Korean Juche ("self-reliance") ideology, an amalgam of Marxism and Neo-Confucian filial piety focused on worship of the "father," Kim Il Sung.

Religions of Korea in Practice provides substantial coverage of contemporary Korean religious practice, especially the various Christian denominations and new indigenous religions. Each chapter includes an extensive translation of original sources on Korean religious practice, accompanied by an introduction that frames the significance of the selections and offers suggestions for further reading. This book will help any reader gain a better appreciation of the rich complexity of Korea's religious culture.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691113470
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
11/13/2006
Series:
Princeton Readings in Religions Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
544
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Princeton Readings in Religions v

Contents by Theme ix

Contents by Chronology xi

Preface xiii

Major Periods in Korean History xv

Note on Transliterations and Conventions xvii

Contributors xix

Introduction by Don Baker 1

Buddhism

Chapter 1: King Mu and the Making and Meanings of Mirŭksa by Jonathan W. Best 35

Chapter 2: Wǒn'gwang and Chajang in the Formation of Early Silla Buddhism by Pankaj N. Mohan 51

Chapter 3: A Miraculous Tale of Buddhist Practice during the Unified Silla by Richard D. McBride II 65

Chapter 4: Buddhism as a Cure for the Land by Sem Vermeersch 76

Chapter 5: The P'algwanhoe: From Buddhist Penance to Religious Festival by Sem Vermeersch 86

Chapter 6: Hell and Other Karmic Consequences: A Buddhist Vernacular Song by Younghee Lee 100

Chapter 7: A Buddhist Rite of Exorcism by Patrick R. Uhlmann 112

Chapter 8: "A Crazy Drunken Monk": Kyōngh? and Modern Buddhist Meditation Practice by Jin Y. Park 130

Chapter 9: Educating Unborn Children: A Sán Master's Teachings on T'aegyo by Chong Go Sánim 144

Confucianism and Neo-Confucianism

Chapter 10: A Party for the Spirits: Ritual Practice in Confucianism by Hongkyung Kim 163

Chapter 11: The Great Confucian-Buddhist Debate by Charles Muller 177

Chapter 12: Confucianism and the Practice of Geomancy by Hong-key Yoon 205

Chapter 13: Voices of Female Confucians in Late Chosŏn Korea by Youngmin Kim 223

Shamanism

Chapter 14: Yi Kyubo's "Lay of the Old Shaman" by Richard D. McBride II 233

Chapter 15: The Creation of the World and Human Suffering by Boudewijn Walraven 244

Chapter 16: Sending Away the Smallpox Gods by Antonetta Lucia Bruno 259

Chapter 17: Village Deities of Cheju Island by Boudewijn Walraven 284

Chapter 18: Shamans, the Family, and Women by Boudewijn Walraven 306

Chapter 19: A Shamanic Ritual for Sending On the Dead by Antonetta Lucia Bruno 325

Christianity

Chapter 20: Martyrdom and Social Activism: The Korean Practice of Catholicism by Inshil Choe Yoon 355

Chapter 21: Catholic Rites and Liturgy by Franklin Rausch and Don Baker 376

Chapter 22: Conversion Narratives in Korean Evangelicalism by Timothy S. Lee 393

Chapter 23: A New Moral Order: Gender Equality in Korean Christianity by Hyaeweol Choi 409

Chapter 24: Indigenized Devotional Practices in Korean Evangelicalism by Timothy S. Lee 421

Chapter 25: The Grieving Rite: A Protestant Response to Confucian Ancestral Rituals by James Huntley Grayson 434

New Religions

Chapter 26: The Great Transformation: Religious Practice in Chondogyo by Don Baker 449

Chapter 27: The Korean God Is Not the Christian God: Taejonggyo's Challenge to Foreign Religions by Don Baker 464

Chapter 28: The Wŏn Buddhist Practice of the Buddha-Nature by Jin Y. Park 476

Chapter 29: Renewing Heaven and Earth: Spiritual Discipline in Chŭngsan'gyo by Don Baker 487

Chapter 30: Rites of Passage in the Unification Church by Don Baker 497

Chapter 31: Internal Alchemy in the Dahn World School by Don Baker 508

North Korea

Chapter 32: The Sociopolitical Organism: The Religious Dimensions of Juche Philosophy by Eun Hee Shin 517

Index 535

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