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With emphasis on the Korean performance at a special altar designed to pay tribute to the memory of Ming emperors, this paper looks at the way in which Korean elites under Manchu dominance recalled Ming China and actually summoned the ghosts of Ming emperors unto their political stage. From the...
In Late ChosÅn, touring mountain locales, and penning travelogues of such journeys, came into vogue among sajok (Confucian literati elite). But by the Late ChosÅn period, mountains were also one of the few places where Buddhism and shamanism could survive, thus the Confucian sajok...
HamhÅng Ponâgung was the house in HamhÅng that Yi SÅnggye inhabited prior to founding the ChosÅn dynasty. After assuming the kingship, Yi SÅnggye posthumously crowned his direct patrilineal ancestors going back four generations. In addition to enshrining their spirit tablets at the...
If one feature of modernity is the degree of tolerance a state or society affords a religious minority, then for much of the ChosÅn dynasty Korea was more modern than Western Europe or North America. In contrast with the witch-hunts we see in the West, which took the lives of tens of thousands,...
SamchâÅ chÅnsim (Three places of the mind-transmission ä¸èå³å¿) is one of the best-known terms in the Korean Buddhist tradition. It refers to three different events in which the Buddha ÅÄkyamuni transmitted the mind to his successor, MahÄkÄÅyapa. These events include the Buddha...
Scholarship on ChosÅn gratitude to the Ming in the wake of the Imjin Wars stresses ChosÅn loyalism and nostalgia for a lost civilizational order then only remnant as a final human outpost on the Korean peninsula standing firm before the tides of northern savagery. There was a very different...
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