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Death, Mourning, and the Afterlife in Korea: Ancient to Contemporary Times

Charlotte Horlyck and Michael J. Pettid


Death and the activities and beliefs surrounding it can teach us much about the ideals and cultures of the living. While biologically death is an end to physical life, this break is not quite so apparent in its mental and spiritual aspects. Indeed, the influence of the dead over the living is sometimes much greater than before death. This book takes a multidisciplinary approach in an effort to provide a fuller understanding of both historic and contemporary practices linked with death in Korea. Chapters incorporate the approaches of archaeology, history, literature, religion, and anthropology ... More

Keywords: death, dead, Korea, bodily remains, ancestor worship, ancestral rites, afterlife, dying, mortuary customs, Korean Catholics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780824839680
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824839680.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charlotte Horlyck, editor
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Michael J. Pettid, editor
Binghamton University (SUNY)

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1 Considerations on Death in the Korean Context

Michael J. Pettid and Charlotte Horlyck

Part I The Body

Part II Disposal

Part III Ancestral Worship and Rites

7 The Familiar Dead

Milan Hejtmanek

Part IV Afterlife

8 Ghostly Encounters

Michael J. Pettid

10 Dying for Heaven

Franklin Rausch