Korean Shamanism has historically been a marginalized part of Korean society frequently associated with female or subordinate modes of Korean culture. Yet, within the past century or so, Korean shamanism has become a part of the nationalistic identity narrative of the South Korean government. This study is investigating how Korean Shamanism had to change to become an effective nationalistic tool, and how that change affected shamanism’s role as a ritual tool for South Korean communities. In addition, this study will be examining how the rapid modernization that South Korea has undergone since the end of the Korean War further affected shamanism’s role as a therapeutic tool within the ritual context. By understanding the processes of the “Confucianization” and “Urbanization” of Korean Shamanism, it becomes possible to see how these rituals can become effective, modern tools for the therapy and identification of national and local communities in South Korea.


Graham, Mark


East Asian Studies


Asian History | Korean Studies

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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