Cultural Blending in Korean Death Ritesexamines the cultural encounter of Confucianism and Christianity with particular reference to death rites in Korea. As its overarching interpretive framework, this book employs the idea of the 'total social phenomenon', a concept first introduced by the French anthropologist Marcel Mauss (1872-1950).
From the perspective of the total social phenomenon, this book utilizes a combination of theological, historical, sociological and anthropological approaches, and explores Korean death rites by classifying them into three categories: ritual before death (Bible copying), ritual at death (funerary rites),and ritualafter death (ancestral ritual). It focuses on Christian practices as they epitomize the complex interplay of Confucianism and Christianity. By drawing on a total social phenomenon approach to the empirical case of Korean death rites,Chang-Won Parkcontributes to the advancement of theory and method in religious studies.
About the Author
Chang-Won Park is Research Fellow of both the Centre for Death and Life Studies at Durham University, UK, and the Institute for the Study of Religion at Sogang University, South Korea.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Professor Douglas Davies (University of Durham, UK)Introduction1. Interpretive Frameworks Total Social Phenomenon The Confucian-Christian Interplay in Korea Embodiment, Exchange and Material Culture2. Bible-Copying (Ritual before Death) The Practice of Copying the Bible An Historical-Theological Analysis of Bible-Copying A Sociological -Anthropological Analysis of Bible-Copying3. Funerary Practice (Ritual at Death) Changing Funeral Customs in Contemporary Korea An Historical-Theological Analysis of Funerary Practice A Sociological-Anthropological Analysis of Funerary Practice4. Ancestral Rites (Ritual After Death) Ancestral Ritual and Christianity in Korea (1784-2006) An Historical-Theological Analysis of Ancestral Rites A Sociological-Anthropological Analysis of Ancestral RitesConclusion BibliographyIndex