Korea: A Religious History

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Psychology Press, 2002 - History - 288 pages
This is an historical survey of all the religious traditions of Korea in relation to the socio-cultural trends of seven different periods of Korean history. The book includes a discussion of the history of the study of religion in Korea, a chronological description of Korean folk religion including shamanism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Roman Catholicism and Protestantism, Islam, and Korean New Religions, and some final observations about the unique characteristics of religious beliefs and practices in Korea.
 

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Contents

Introduction l
1
The Palaeolithic
13
The Advent of Chinese Civilization
22
Two Powers in Northeast Asia
53
The Early Koryo Period 935l200
79
The Late Koryo Period l200l392
93
PART III
100
The Early Choson Period l392l600
107
From Ghetto to Society
171
The Residue of a Great Tradition
177
Decline Revival and Conflict
184
A New World Religion
195
Korean Syncretic Religions
203
Folk Religion in Modern Society
216
l8 Concluding Remarks
230
A Foundation Myths of the Ancient States
239

Dynastic Collapse and National Rebirth
149
l0 The Advent of Protestantism
155
B Religious Statistics and Commentary
249
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Dr James H. Grayson is Reader in Modern Korean Studies in the School of East Asian Studies at the University of Sheffield, and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences. His research interests are in traditional Korean religion, Korean Christianity and Korean oral folklore.

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