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Religions of Korea in Practice : Princeton Readings in Religions - Robert E. Buswell

Religions of Korea in Practice

Princeton Readings in Religions

By: Robert E. Buswell (Editor)

Paperback Published: 13th November 2006
ISBN: 9780691113470
Number Of Pages: 544

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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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Princeton Readings in Religionsp. v
Contents by Themep. ix
Contents by Chronologyp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Major Periods in Korean Historyp. xv
Note on Transliterations and Conventionsp. xvii
Contributorsp. xix
Introductionp. 1
Buddhism
King Mu and the Making and Meanings of Miruksap. 35
Won'gwang and Chajang in the Formation of Early Silla Buddhismp. 51
A Miraculous Tale of Buddhist Practice during the Unified Sillap. 65
Buddhism as a Cure for the Landp. 76
The P'algwanhoe: From Buddhist Penance to Religious Festivalp. 86
Hell and Other Karmic Consequences: A Buddhist Vernacular Songp. 100
A Buddhist Rite of Exorcismp. 112
"A Crazy Drunken Monk": Kyongho and Modern Buddhist Meditation Practicep. 130
Educating Unborn Children: A Son Masters Teachings on T'aegyop. 144
Confucianism and Neo-Confucianism
A Party for the Spirits: Ritual Practice in Confucianismp. 163
The Great Confucian-Buddhist Debatep. 177
Confucianism and the Practice of Geomancyp. 205
Voices of Female Confucians in Late Choson Koreap. 223
Shamanism
Yi Kyubo's "Lay of the Old Shaman"p. 233
The Creation of the World and Human Sufferingp. 244
Sending Away the Smallpox Godsp. 259
Village Deities of Cheju Islandp. 284
Shamans, the Family, and Womenp. 306
A Shamanic Ritual for Sending On the Deadp. 325
Christianity
Martyrdom and Social Activism: The Korean Practice of Catholicismp. 355
Catholic Rites and Liturgyp. 376
Conversion Narratives in Korean Evangelicalismp. 393
A New Moral Order: Gender Equality in Korean Christianityp. 409
Indigenized Devotional Practices in Korean Evangelicalismp. 421
The Grieving Rite: A Protestant Response to Confucian Ancestral Ritualsp. 434
New Religions
The Great Transformation: Religious Practice in Ch'ondogyop. 449
The Korean God Is Not the Christian God: Taejonggyo's Challenge to Foreign Religionsp. 464
The Won Buddhist Practice of the Buddha-Naturep. 476
Renewing Heaven and Earth: Spiritual Discipline in Chungsan'gyop. 487
Rites of Passage in the Unification Churchp. 497
Internal Alchemy in the Dahn World Schoolp. 508
North Korea
The Sociopolitical Organism: The Religious Dimensions of Juche Philosophyp. 517
Indexp. 535
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ISBN: 9780691113470
ISBN-10: 0691113475
Series: Princeton Readings in Religions
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 544
Published: 13th November 2006
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.7 x 16.7  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.76