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Shamans, Nostalgias, and the IMFSouth Korean Popular Religion in Motion$
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Laurel Kendall

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833435

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833435.001.0001

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Built Landscapes and Mobile Gods

Built Landscapes and Mobile Gods

(p.177) 7 Built Landscapes and Mobile Gods
Shamans, Nostalgias, and the IMF

Laurel Kendall

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter takes the reader into the mountains, to the shrines and sacred sites that constitute a shamanic landscape. It describes the peregrinations of some venerable old shrines, forced from their original locations by urban development, and the flowering of new commercial shrines on other mountain slopes. If urban development has reduced sacred terrain, cars and good highways have expanded the shamans' access to sacred sites within South Korea. Some shamans have even made pilgrimages to Mount Paektu, on (North) Korea's northern border, traveling through China to the accessible Chinese slope of this most sacred Korean mountain. Circuitous pilgrimages to Mount Paektu underscore the irresolution of a divided Korea, “the country broken at the waist,” and shamans pray on a distant mountain as part of an unfolding Korean story.

Keywords:   shamanism, shamans, shrines, sacred sites, urban development, Mount Paektu

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