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Korean Shamanism: The Cultural Paradox

Kim, Chongho (Independent Academic, Australia)

978 1 351 77214 3
Electronic book text
List price(s):
130.00 USD
90.00 GBP

Publication date:
30 September 2017

Full description: 

Title first published in 2003. Shamanism has a contradictory position within the Korean cultural system, leading to the periodical suppression of shamanism yet also, paradoxically, ensuring its survival throughout Korean history. This book examines the place of shamans within contemporary society as a cultural practice in which people make use of shamanic ritual and disputing the prevalent view that shamanism is 'popular culture', a 'women's religion' or 'performing arts'. Directly confronting the prejudice against shamans and their paradoxical situation in a modern society such as Korea, this book reveals the cultural discrepancy between two worlds in Korean culture, the ordinary world and the shamanic world, showing that these two worlds cannot be reconciled. This unique study of shamanism offers a significant contribution to growing studies in indigenous anthropology and indigenous religions, and provides a captivating read for a wide range of readers through retelling the stories-never-to-be-told involving shamanic ritual.

Table of contents: 

Contents: Preface; Introduction; Shamanism in trouble; Ritual without audience; Two faces of Korean culture; A practice of cultural rebellion; Against Shamanism; National living treasure; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.




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