한국종교의 개념과 동아시아의 종교경험 : The Concept of Korean Religion and the East Asian Religious Experience

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Kim, Chongsuh

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서울대학교 종교학연구회
종교학연구, Vol.24, 2005, p. 35-51.
"Korean Religion" is often said to be a simple sum of various religions like Shamanism (Musok) , Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity and "new religions" in Korea. However, it is more accurate to say that it is what the unique Korean religious mind has manifested and transformed in the framework of particular religious traditions during a particular time. In a time of modernization, the concept of Korean Religion above all has become largely reduced and purified through social differentiation. It has also become popularized and has taken on distinctively global traits beyond its Asian provincialism. "Korean Religious Studiecin its process of becoming concretized since the 20th century has regarded the aspects of Korean Religion such as basic religiosity, universality formed through comparison, and indigenous peculiarity as its core research themes. In the future, we can expect that Korean Religious Studies will actively share a horizon of comparison with studies that are based on religious experiences of East Asian countries including Japan. Moreover, it will participate in the restructuring of world religious studies, while at the same time pursuing a more profound identity of Korean Religion.
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