ANCESTOR WORSHIP AND KOREAN SOCIETY

ANCESTOR WORSHIP AND KOREAN SOCIETY

The study of ancestor worship has an eminent pedigree in two disciplines: social anthropology and folklore (Goody 1962: 14-25; Newell 1976; Fortes 1976; Takeda 1976). Despite obvious differences in geographical specialization and intellectual orientation, researchers in both fields have shared a common approach to this subject: both have tried to relate the ancestor cult of a given society to its family and kin-group organization. Such a method is to be expected of social anthropologists, given the nature of their discipline; but even the Japanese folklorist Yanagita Kunio, whose approach to folk culture stems from historical and nationalist concerns, began his work on ancestors with a discussion of Japan's descent system and family structure (Yanagita 1946). Indeed, connections between ancestor cults and social relations are obvious. As we pursue this line of analysis, we shall see that rural Koreans themselves are quite sophisticated about such matters.
Editora: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
ISBN: 0804721580
ISBN13: 9780804721585
Edição: 1ª Edição - 1992
Número de Páginas: 244
Acabamento: PAPERBACK
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