Contemporary Korean Culture
The Persistance of Shamanistic and Confucian Values and Practices

AUTHOR : Kim Andrew Eungi
ISBN : 9788976418746
PUBLISHER : 고려대학교출판부
PUBLICATION DATE : May 16 ,2015,
SPINE SIZE : 0.9 inches
PAGES : 284
SIZE : 6.3 * 9.2 inches
WEIGHT : 1.2 pounds
PRICE : $42.95
In the book examines the salient aspects of Korean religio-cultural tradition, specifically shamanism and Confucianism, that have left a lasting impression on both the mental landscape and attitude of contemporary Koreans. There is one compelling and obvious reason for examining Korean religious tradition as a point of departure

Kim Andrew Eungi

Andrew Eungi Kim (Ph.D in Sociology, University of Toronto) is Professor in the Division of International Studies at Korea University. His primary research interests broadly pertain to culture, sociology of religion, ethnic studies, social change, and comparative sociology. His articles have appeared in Social Indicators Research, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Asian Survey, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Social Compass, Korea Observer, Sociology of Religion, Social History, Review of Religious Research, and Korea Journal, among others. He is presently completing work on a book manuscript which examines the impact of rapid industrialization, modernization and globalization on the shaping of contemporary Korean society.

Part I. Korean Shamanism and Confucianism

Chapter 1Korean Shamanism
Its Origin and History
What is hamanism?

Chapter 2 Shamanism and Religious Practices
This-worldly Orientation
An Affinity between Shamanism and Buddhism
The Impact of Shamanism on Christianity

Chapter 3 Confucianism
History of Confucianism in Korea
Social Philosophy of Confucianism

Part II. Shamanistic Tendencies of Koreans

Chapter 4 Shamanistic Practices: Belief in Fate and Fortune-Telling
Vengeful Spirits and Fate
Sajupalja (Divination Based on Birth Date)
Goonghap (Fortune-telling on Marital Harmony)
Gilil (Auspicious Days)
Auspicious Names
Gwansang (Physiognomy)
Poongsujiriseol (Geomancy)

Chapter 5 Play and the Spirit of Ecstasy:A Popular Musing Shamanism-Influenced Recreational Culture of Koreans
The Drinking Culture
The Singing Culture
Summary: Drinking, Singing and Ecstasy

Part III. Confucian Elements in Korean Culture

Chapter 6 Confucian “Habits of the Heart”: Family-Centered Worldview and Practice
Filial Piety
Ancestor Worship
Son Preference

Chapter 7Hierarchical Culture and Worldview
Patriarchy and Gender Discrimination
The Korean Language: Subliminal Reinforcement of Hierarchy in Everyday Life

Chapter 8 Cultural Emphasis on Education and Its Impact
Graduates of the “SKY” Universities and Their Dominance
Koreans’ Zeal for Education and Positive Consequences
Negative Impact of Education Frenzy in Korea

Chapter 9Other “Confucian” Habits
Jeong (Affection)
Gibun (Group’s Mood)
Nunchi (Sizing up the Situation)
Chemyon (The Face Factor)

Part IV. Conclusions

Chapter 10 Summary and Conclusions