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The Accommodation of Korean Folk Religion to the Religious Forms of Buddhism: An Example of Reverse Syncretism

James Huntley Grayson
Asian Folklore Studies
Vol. 51, No. 2 (1992), pp. 199-217
Published by: Nanzan University
DOI: 10.2307/1178332
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1178332
Page Count: 19
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Abstract

Although syncretism as a cultural phenomenon is a widely recognized feature of the transmission of religion from one culture to another, the particular adjustment made by the folk religions to world missionary religions is not widely mentioned as such in the literature of the history of religions. In this paper, the author explores the accommodation made by the folk religion of Korea to Buddhism. In doing so, two different types of syncretism are examined, and the concept of "reverse syncretism" is discussed.

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