Religions in Korea

Religions in Korea: Beliefs and Cultural Values
Edited by Earl H. Phillips and Eui-Young Yu

[From the Introduction] The scholars invited to participate in the conference dealing with Korea religions were given no guidelines for their work beyond the general theme for the meeting, whas was "Religions in Korea: Beliefs and Cultural Values." Perhaps not surprisingly, it was then found that the papers, although dealight with a variety of topics, were woven around a markedly social-functionalists thread, dealing less with the strictly theological aspects of Korean religions (what makes religion religion) than with their functions within historical social systems. The authors are indeed interested in such themes as myth, ritual and symboloism, but examine them in terms of the ways by which myth legitimizes sociopolitical institutions; how ritual has maintained successive social orders; and how religious ideas have reflected and supported social structures. Religions in Korea is composed of eight chapters: Chapter 1, The Book of Change and Korean Thought, Jung Young Lee; Chapter 2, Shamanism as Folk Existentialism, Yunshik Chang; Chapter 3, Economic, Social and Cultural Effects of the Geomancy of House Sites, Griffin Dix; Chapter 4, Faith, Fortunetelling, and Social Failure, Dawnhee Yim Janelli; Chapter 5, The Impact of Buddhism on the Axiological System Underlying Korean Culture, Sung-Bae Park; Chapter 6, Confucianism and Social Integration in Yi Dynasty Korea, Hei Chu Kim; Chapter 7, Confucian Tradition and Values: Implications for Conflict in Modern Korea, Chai-Sik Chung; and Chapter 8, Christianity and the Modernization of Korea, Chan-Hie Kim