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Chugŭm ŭl nŏmŏsŏ: sun'gyoja Yi Suni ŭi okchung p'yŏnji by 정병설 Chŏng Pyŏngsŏl (review)

Chugŭm ŭl nŏmŏsŏ: sun'gyoja Yi Suni ŭi okchung p'yŏnji by 정병설 Chŏng Pyŏngsŏl (review) Book Reviews 185 have advocated recognizing god paintings as art, which has been partly success- ful and led to interest from art dealers, but has not yet resulted in the inclusion of the paintings in regular art museums or their official recognition as a form of Korean tangible heritage. The combined efforts of these three scholars have produced a nicely illus- trated book that combines theoretical sophistication with fascinating ethno- graphic detail and makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the material aspects of religion. It may also be a spur to systematically extend a similar approach to other objects used in Korean shamanic ritual, such as musical instruments (e.g. drums, hand bells, cymbals), or the razor-sharp straw-cutters on which the shamans stand when the shamans possessed by a deity deliver their oracles. The latter will be honed before the ritual by an assistant, but as powerful numinous objects should not be touched by an out- sider. All these objects are also supposed to possess potential power, over both humans and the spirit world. Boudewijn Walraven Professor and Chair, Academy of East Asian Studies Sungkyunkwan University boudewijnwalraven@gmail.com 죽음을 넘어서: 순교자이순이의 옥중 편지. Chugŭm ŭlnŏmŏsŏ: sun’gyoja Yi Suni ŭi http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Korean Religions University of Hawai'I Press

Chugŭm ŭl nŏmŏsŏ: sun'gyoja Yi Suni ŭi okchung p'yŏnji by 정병설 Chŏng Pyŏngsŏl (review)

Journal of Korean Religions , Volume 7 (2) – Dec 9, 2016

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © Institute for the Study of Religion, Sogang University, Korea
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2093-7288
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2167-2040

Abstract

Book Reviews 185 have advocated recognizing god paintings as art, which has been partly success- ful and led to interest from art dealers, but has not yet resulted in the inclusion of the paintings in regular art museums or their official recognition as a form of Korean tangible heritage. The combined efforts of these three scholars have produced a nicely illus- trated book that combines theoretical sophistication with fascinating ethno- graphic detail and makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the material aspects of religion. It may also be a spur to systematically extend a similar approach to other objects used in Korean shamanic ritual, such as musical instruments (e.g. drums, hand bells, cymbals), or the razor-sharp straw-cutters on which the shamans stand when the shamans possessed by a deity deliver their oracles. The latter will be honed before the ritual by an assistant, but as powerful numinous objects should not be touched by an out- sider. All these objects are also supposed to possess potential power, over both humans and the spirit world. Boudewijn Walraven Professor and Chair, Academy of East Asian Studies Sungkyunkwan University boudewijnwalraven@gmail.com 죽음을 넘어서: 순교자이순이의 옥중 편지. Chugŭm ŭlnŏmŏsŏ: sun’gyoja Yi Suni ŭi

Journal

Journal of Korean ReligionsUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Dec 9, 2016

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