15 Facts About Korean shamanism


Korean shamanism or Korean folk religion is an animistic ethnic religion of Korea which dates back to prehistory and consists of the worship of gods and ancestors as well as nature spirits.

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Korean shamanism has been influenced by Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism.

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Central to Korean shamanism is the belief in many different gods, supernatural beings and ancestor worship.

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Korean shamanism has influenced some Korean new religions, such as Cheondoism and Jeungsanism, and some Christian churches in Korea make use of practices rooted in shamanism.

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Besides "Muism", other terms used to define Korean shamanism include Pungwoldo, used by the Confucian scholar Choe Chiwon between the 9th and the 10th century.

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Introduction of Christianity to the Korean Peninsula had detrimental effects on the development of Shamanism.

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Korean shamanism's agrees to go to the Western Heaven and departs, usually wearing the robes of a man.

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Korean shamanism's interrupts the funeral procession, opens the coffin lids, and resurrects her parents with the flowers and cures them with the water.

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Korean shamanism asks his sons what they saw first when they came to the temple, and they respond that they saw heaven, earth, and the gate.

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Korean shamanism's goes to the palace where the ritual implements are kept and prays to the triplets, who give her the sacred objects necessary for the shamanic initiation rite.

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Gut or kut are the rites performed by Korean shamanism shamans, involving offerings and sacrifices to gods and ancestors.

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Korean shamanism goes back to prehistoric times, pre-dating the introduction of Buddhism and Confucianism, and the influence of Taoism, in Korea.

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Non-Confucian religions were suppressed and Korean shamanism started to be regarded as a backward relic of the past.

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Situation of Korean shamanism worsened after the division of Korea and the establishment of a northern Socialist government and a southern pro-Christian government.

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The teachings of Confucianism strongly emphasised rationality; for the Confucian scholars Korean shamanism was just a vulgar thing, and they wanted to be rid of it as quickly as possible.

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