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Cultural Blending In Korean Death Rites: New Interpretive Approaches

Publisher: , 2010
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Cultural Blending in Korean Death Rites examines the cultural encounter of Confucianism and Christianity with particular reference to death rites in Korea. As its overarching interpretive framework, this book employs the idea of the ‘total social phenomenon’, a concept first introduced by the French anthropologist Marcel Mauss (1872-1950).

From the perspective of the total social phenomenon, this book utilizes a combination of theological, historical, sociological and anthropological approaches, and explores Korean death rites by classifying them into three categories: ritual before death (Bible copying), ritual at death (funerary rites),and ritual after death (ancestral ritual). It focuses on Christian practices as they epitomize the complex interplay of Confucianism and Christianity. By drawing on a total social phenomenon approach to the empirical case of Korean death rites, Chang-Won Park contributes to the advancement of theory and method in religious studies

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Professor Douglas Davies (University of Durham, UK)

1. Interpretive Frameworks

  • Total Social Phenomenon
  • The Confucian-Christian Interplay in Korea
  • Embodiment, Exchange and Material Culture

2. Bible-Copying (Ritual before Death)

  • The Practice of Copying the Bible
  • An Historical-Theological Analysis of Bible-Copying
  • A Sociological -Anthropological Analysis of Bible-Copying

3. Funerary Practice (Ritual at Death)

  • Changing Funeral Customs in Contemporary Korea
  • An Historical-Theological Analysis of Funerary Practice
  • A Sociological-Anthropological Analysis of Funerary Practice

4. Ancestral Rites (Ritual After Death)

  • Ancestral Ritual and Christianity in Korea (1784-2006)
  • An Historical-Theological Analysis of Ancestral Rites
  • A Sociological-Anthropological Analysis of Ancestral Rites


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