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Anthony Di Fiore, Chair SAC 4.102, Mailcode C3200 78712 • 512-471-4206

Spring 2005

ANT 324L • Ritual & Religion in Korea-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
27750 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
SZB 284

Course Description

This course will examine major religious traditions of Korea, focusing on recent history and contemporary practice rather than origins, early development, or textual bases. Major topics will include shamanism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity, new religions and civic ritual, each of which will be considered from a variety of anthropological, sociological, and historical angles. We will also explore the relation between religion and politics during Korea's colonial (1910-1945) and post-colonial eras. In the process, we shall seek also to ask a variety of broad empirical and conceptual questions. How have religions in Korea been understood and used by various parties, and with what consequences? Is “religion” a universal concept? Is Korean “shamanism” shamanism? Can religion help explain political or economic change?


Donald Clark, Living Dangerously in Korea: The Western Experience 1900-1950 Laurel Kendall, Shamans, Housewives, and Other Restless Spirits Robert Buswell, The Zen Monastic Experience Roger and Dawnhee Yim Janelli, Ancestor Worship and Korean Society Lewis Lancaster et al. (eds.), Religion and Society in Contemporary Korea


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