Thursday, February 4, 2010
Korean Shamanistic Rituals, by Jung Young Lee
This book (published 1980) is derived from Japanese scholar Takashi Akiba’s research and analysis published in 1950, Field Research on Korean Shamanism. The elaborate and dramatic kut rituals are described relative to shamanism’s focus on nature, birth, death and life. Lee’s research was criticized in a 1982 review by Ch’oe Kil-song for the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture, as being a thin reiteration of Akiba’s work, veritably a translation rather than new scholarship. However, it gives access to Akiba’s work which is only available in Japanese.