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Korean Spirituality$
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Don Baker

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832339

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832339.001.0001

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The New Religions of Korea

The New Religions of Korea

(p.78) Chapter 5 The New Religions of Korea
Korean Spirituality

Don Baker

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter enumerates the modern religions in Korea, such as: Eastern Learning, the Chŭngsan family of religions, and Taejonggyo. Eastern Learning claims that God appeared to Ch'oe Cheu on April 5, 1860, and told him that he had been selected to save mankind. The Chŭngsan religions teach that the supreme deity descended to earth at the end of the nineteenth century and took human form in Korea under the name of Kang Chŭngsan. Meanwhile, Taejonggyo promotes the belief that Tan'gun, the legendary first ancestor and first ruler of the Korean people, is God. All of these new religious organizations are evidence of how much Korea has changed over the last century.

Keywords:   Korea, Eastern Learning, Chŭngsan, Taejonggyo, Tan'gun, religious organizations

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