Cultural Blending in Korean Death Rites: New Interpretive by Chang-Won Park

By Chang-Won Park

Cultural mixing in Korean loss of life Rites examines the cultural stumble upon of Confucianism and Christianity with specific connection with dying rites in Korea. As its overarching interpretive framework, this booklet employs the belief of the ‘total social phenomenon', an idea first brought by way of the French anthropologist Marcel Mauss (1872-1950).

From the point of view of the entire social phenomenon, this booklet makes use of a mixture of theological, ancient, sociological and anthropological methods, and explores Korean dying rites via classifying them into 3 different types: ritual before demise (Bible copying), ritual at loss of life (funerary rites),and ritual after loss of life (ancestral ritual). It specializes in Christian practices as they epitomize the complicated interaction of Confucianism and Christianity. through drawing on a complete social phenomenon method of the empirical case of Korean demise rites, Chang-Won Park contributes to the development of idea and approach in spiritual studies.

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In 2003, I started my doctoral research which examined the cultural encounter of Confucianism and Christianity, and the Korean practice of death became a focus of my research. While the funeral and ancestral ritual are obvious death rites within the Korean context, the practice of bible-copying is interpreted as a death ritual by this study for the first time. From the outset, it was clear that Christian funerary practice and ancestral rites exhibit the complex interplay of Confucian and Christian elements.

Cyber ancestral rituals, cyber memorials and cyber letters to Cultural Blending in Korean Death Rites 32 the deceased are the most popular forms of these. People can upload the photos, video clips and voices of the deceased into the Internet webpage and can get access to it wherever they go and whenever they want. Religious Population Korea is a mono-ethnic yet multi-religious society. Major influential religious traditions are, to list in order of their existence in the country, Shamanism, Confucianism, Buddhism and Christianity.

A curtain was commonly hung in the middle of the nave so that men and women could not see each other (A. Clark, 1971: 118–19). Although the curtain was removed in the later period, this physical separation of men and women during worship continued in most churches until the late 1970s and even until the late 1980s in the case of churches in more traditional regions. Since the 1990s, however, many new church buildings have been built in the theatre pattern and so the visible division of men and women’s seats has been significantly weakened (cf.

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