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현대사회에서 성물(聖物)의 유통방식에 대하여: 부처의 진신사리를 중심으로
A Study on the Circulation of Sacred Objects in Modern Society: Focusing on Buddha’s Relics

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Authors
우혜란
Issue Date
2018-12
Publisher
서울대학교 종교문제연구소
Citation
종교와 문화, Vol.35, pp. 35-68
Keywords
진신사리불사리성물의유통선물선물교환문화자본사회자본상품화가치위계선물과 상품Buddha’s reliccirculation of sacred objectgift-givinggift-exchangecultural capitalsocial capitalcommodificationvalue hierarchygift vs. commodity
Abstract
It is worth noting that a large number of Buddha’s relics of Southeast Asian countries are brought into Korean society under the names of 'gift-giving’ or ‘donation.’ So, the main issue of this article is why the groups/individuals who provide as well as receive Buddha’s relics make use of the term ‘gift-giving,’ which designates a specific mode of exchange. Firstly, some local and international factors are mentioned which make Korean temples keener to acquire Buddha’s relics. Secondly, related theories on ‘gift’ or ‘gift-giving’ are introduced, and multiple meanings/mechanisms of gift-giving or gift-exchanging were discussed by giving specific examples. Thirdly, focusing on Buddha’s relics themselves, the following issues are addressed; which relics are movable/alienable and which are not, and whether the status or value of a certain Buddha’s relic is intrinsic. For that, this author set up a value-hierarchy/level of Buddha’s relics hypothetically. Lastly, it is stressed that every sacred object could be a ‘commodity’ in the course of its transfer, depending on the specific socio-cultural context the object meets.
ISSN
1976-7900
Language
Korean
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/162693
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College of Humanities (인문대학)Religious Studies (종교학과)종교와 문화(Religion and Culture)종교와 문화(Religion and Culture) 34/35호(2018)
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