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.
Table of Contents
Introduction Part I Early Korea Part II The Koryo Dynasty Part III The Choson Dynasty Part IV Korea in the Modern Era (1872-2000) Appendices A Foundation Myths of the Ancient States B Religious Statistics and Commentary List of Figures
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.