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    Shamans, Nostalgias, and the IMF South Korean Popular Religion in Motion

    ISBN-10: 0824833988
    ISBN-13: 9780824833985
    Edition: 2010
    Author(s): Laurel Kendall
    Description: Thirty years ago, anthropologist Laurel Kendall did intensive fieldwork among South Korea¿s (mostly female) shamans and their clients as a reflection of village women¿s lives. In the intervening decades, South Korea experienced an unprecedented  More...
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    Copyright Year: 2010
    Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
    Publication Date: 11/30/2010
    Binding: Paperback
    Pages: 280
    Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
    Weight: 0.990
    Language: English

    Thirty years ago, anthropologist Laurel Kendall did intensive fieldwork among South Korea¿s (mostly female) shamans and their clients as a reflection of village women¿s lives. In the intervening decades, South Korea experienced an unprecedented economic, social, political, and material transformation and Korean villages all but disappeared. And the shamans? Kendall attests that they not only persist but are very much a part of South Korean modernity. This enlightening and entertaining study of contemporary Korean shamanism makes the case for the dynamism of popular religious practice, the creativity of those we call shamans, and the necessity of writing about them in the present tense. Shamans thrive in South Korea¿s high-rise cities, working with clients who are largely middle class and technologically sophisticated. Emphasizing the shaman¿s work as open and mutable, Kendall describes how gods and ancestors articulate the changing concerns of clients and how the ritual fame of these transactions has itself been transformed by urban sprawl, private cars, and zealous Christian proselytizing.

    Preface
    Acknowledgments
    Introduction: Shamanic Nostalgia
    Shifting Intellectual Terrain: �Superstition� Becomes �Culture� and �Religion�
    Memory Horizons: Kut from Two Ethnographic Presents
    Initiating Performance: Chini's Story
    The Ambiguities of Becoming: Phony Shamans and What Are Mudang After All?
    Korean Shamans and the Spirits of Capitalism
    Of Hungry Ghosts and Other Matters of Consumption
    Built Landscapes and Mobile Gods
    Conclusion
    Notes
    References
    Index and Glossary

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