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Shamans, Nostalgias, and the IMF: South Korean Popular Religion in Motion

Laurel Kendall


This enlightening study of contemporary Korean shamanism makes the case for the dynamism of popular religious practice, the creativity of those we call shamans, and the necessity of writing about them in the present tense. Shamans thrive in South Korea's high-rise cities, working with clients who are largely middle class and technologically sophisticated. Emphasizing the shaman's work as open and mutable, the book describes how gods and ancestors articulate the changing concerns of clients and how the ritual fame of these transactions has itself been transformed by urban sprawl, private cars, ... More

Keywords: Korean shamanism, religious practice, shamans, superstition, shamanic rituals, South Korean life, contemporary South Korea

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780824833435
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824833435.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laurel Kendall, author
Columbia University