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Korean Popular Beliefs by Yong Bhum Yi et al. (review)

Korean Popular Beliefs by Yong Bhum Yi et al. (review) Book Reviews Korean Popular Beliefs, by Yong Bhum Yi, Kyung Yup Lee, Jong Seong Choi, and Boudewijn Walraven, Paju, Seoul, and Edison: Jimoondang, 2015, 239 pp. English readers unfamiliar with Korean folklore scholarship might be confused by the term ‘‘beliefs’’ used in this book, Korean Popular Beliefs, because the authors utilize this term to indicate practices as well as beliefs. However, I would like to remind the readers of the fact that the ‘‘popular beliefs’’ in the title is a translation of the Korean min’gan sinang, which can also be translated as folk religion, and suggest that they first read the last chapter of this work, in which Walraven explains the history and meanings of such terms. Despite the possible confusion caused by the translation, I believe that this book is the most comprehensive text for students of Korean studies and, particularly those interested in Korean folk religious culture. The book’s four authors with different disciplinary backgrounds—religious studies (Yong Bhum Yi and Jong Seong Choi), folklore (Kyung Yup Lee), and anthropology (Boudewijn Walraven)—are well qualified to produce this infor- mative book in that they have conducted research on Korean folk religion for more than twenty years and published extensively http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Korean Religions University of Hawai'I Press

Korean Popular Beliefs by Yong Bhum Yi et al. (review)

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

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

Abstract

Book Reviews Korean Popular Beliefs, by Yong Bhum Yi, Kyung Yup Lee, Jong Seong Choi, and Boudewijn Walraven, Paju, Seoul, and Edison: Jimoondang, 2015, 239 pp. English readers unfamiliar with Korean folklore scholarship might be confused by the term ‘‘beliefs’’ used in this book, Korean Popular Beliefs, because the authors utilize this term to indicate practices as well as beliefs. However, I would like to remind the readers of the fact that the ‘‘popular beliefs’’ in the title is a translation of the Korean min’gan sinang, which can also be translated as folk religion, and suggest that they first read the last chapter of this work, in which Walraven explains the history and meanings of such terms. Despite the possible confusion caused by the translation, I believe that this book is the most comprehensive text for students of Korean studies and, particularly those interested in Korean folk religious culture. The book’s four authors with different disciplinary backgrounds—religious studies (Yong Bhum Yi and Jong Seong Choi), folklore (Kyung Yup Lee), and anthropology (Boudewijn Walraven)—are well qualified to produce this infor- mative book in that they have conducted research on Korean folk religion for more than twenty years and published extensively

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Journal of Korean ReligionsUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Dec 9, 2016

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