Living in Wonju South Korea, These Many Long Years

Living in Wonju South Korea, These Many Long Years: Version 2.0!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Syncretism!

This was a word I used to use to describe Korea.

I always knew the word itself was flawed.

But there aren't too many places where you can find folks who get married in a mix of Christian and Buddhist tradtions, observe Confucianist principles in everyday interactions, and practice ancestor worship and other forms of folk religion on different occasions.

There is definitely a lot of conflict between groups.  Google Korean Christians burning Buddhist temples for a start.  Or listen to a pile of Korean hip hop to counter the Confucianist slant.

But don't think about it too much.

That shit will just mess you up.

It does seem odd at times that a country that has such a diverse makeup in terms of ideology can be so ethnically oriented.  Maybe that's why the former can exist.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Why so many foreign peoples think they just know about the every things in Korea??? Just they see some things and think they know it is all things and become the fucking expert. If I see the American eat cheeseburger and smoking the drug,do I say "Oh looking! It's the fat drug pig!" No! So I have to tell you, most Korean don't give the shit about any religion - only religion is make more money and increase educations.

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