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Religion in Korea: Harmony and Coexistence (Korea Essentials No.10)
Price per Unit (piece): KRW 9,800
USD 7.33
Author: Robert Koehler
Publisher: Seoul Selection
Pub. Date: Nov 2012
Pages: 116
Cover: Soft Cover
Dimensions (in inches): 5.39 x 7.08 x 0.35
ISBN: 9788997639052
Language: English
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Korea is a remarkable case study in religious coexistence. Even though only about half the country identifies as religious, the half that does displays a remarkable diversity of both indigenous and imported faiths, including Buddhism and Christianity (of both the Catholic and Protestant varieties).

Korean religious pluralism is no recent phenomenon. Koreans have respected religious diversity since ancient times. Indeed, if there is one overriding religious tendency in the Korean population, it is a preference for syncretism, of finding essential and common truths amidst diverse and often competing doctrines. Current Korean leaders have continued making efforts to further inter-faith understanding.

This book surveys the rich religious and spiritual tapestry that is contemporary Korea. We begin with the earliest of Korean faiths—the shamanism that prehistoric Koreans brought with them as they migrated to the peninsula from Central Asia—and continue on to today's most prominent faiths: Buddhism, Christianity, andConfucianism. Korea has given birth to a large number of indigenous faiths, and we will take a look at some of these, too.


Introduction 6

Chapter 1
Shamanism 10
History | Basic Beliefs & Practices | Mudang|
Gut | Impact on Other Religions

Chapter 2
Buddhism 32
History | Basic Beliefs | Seon vs. Gyo| Buddhist Monks and Nuns |
Korean Buddhist Temples | Buddhist Art

Chapter 3
Confucianism 56
History | Basic Beliefs | Confucian Practices |
The Seowon| Impact on Society

Chapter 4
Christianity 74
History | The Great Persecutions | Missionaries |
Christianity and the Nationalist and Democracy Movements

Chapter 5
Other Religions 90
Cheondogyo| Won Buddhism | Daejonggyo


Statistics on Religion by Population in Korea 104
More about Religion in Korea 105
7 Buddhist Temples 106
7 Confucian Sites 108
7 Christian Sites 110
Map of 21 Religious Sites in Korea 112

Delving Deeper

• Two Shamanist Rituals Designated as the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO 24
• Shaman Kim Kum-hwa28
• Wonhyo&Uisang36
• PalmanDaejanggyeong38
• Kwan Um School of Zen 42
• Temple Stay 53
• Jeong Yak-yong and Silhak60
• Jongga Ancestral Rituals and Food Culture 69
• A Tour of Korea's Jongga Museums 70
• Korean Megachurches: Yoido Full Gospel Church 86
• Anglicanism in Korea 88
• Dangun: The Founder of Daejonggyo100
• Islam in Korea 102


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