Religion in South Korea

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Religion in South Korea (2005 census)[1]

  No formal religion (46.5%)
  Buddhism (22.8%)
  Protestantism (18.3%)
  Roman Catholicism (10.9%)
  Other religions (1.7%)
A Christian church on the back of a Jingak Order's Buddhist temple in Ansan, Gyeonggi Province.

Religion in South Korea is characterised by a dominance of Buddhism and Christianity. According to the census of the year 2005, 22.8% of the population identifies as Buddhist, while 29.2% identifies as Christian.[1] These two religions have grown rapidly in influence only by the mid-20th century, as part of the profound transformations that the South Korean society has gone through in the past century.[2]

Korea entered the 20th century with almost the totality of its population believing in the indigenous shamanic religion and practicing Confucian rites and ancestral worship.[3] Korean Buddhism, despite its long history and cultural influence, at the dawn of the 20th century was moribund, reduced to a tiny minority after 500 years of suppression by the strictly Neo-Confucian Joseon kingdom,[4] which also disregarded traditional cults.[5] Communities of Christians already existed prior to the 1880s, when the crumbling Joseon state and its intelligentsia endorsed a large influx of Catholic and especially Protestant missionaries from the West.[6] The king of Korea himself and his family tacitly supported Christianity.[7] During the absorption of Korea into the Japanese Empire the already formed link of Christianity with Korean nationalism was strengthened.[8]

With the division of Korea into two states in 1945, the communist north and the anti-communist south, the bulk of the Korean Christian population that had been until then in the northern half of the peninsula,[9] fled to South Korea.[10] Throughout the second half of the 20th century, the South Korean state enacted measures of systematic eradication of the Korean indigenous religion which facilitated the spread of Christianity and Buddhism.[11] According to scholars, South Korean censi do not count believers in Korean shamanism and underestimate the number of adherents of shamanic-derived folk religions.[12] For instance, statistics compiled by the ARDA[13] estimate that as of 2010, 14.7% of South Koreans practice ethnic religion, 14.2% adhere to new movements, and 10.9% practice Confucianism.[14]

Demographics[edit]

Largest religious tradition by province.[15]
  Christianity (Protestant + Catholic)
  Buddhism
Largest religious denomination by province.[15]
  Buddhism
  Protestantism
Demographic trends of the main religions in South Korea from 1985 onwards. Red: Buddhism; Blue: Protestantism; Green: Catholicism.
Religion 1962[16] 1985 1995 2005[1]
Christianity 5% 20.6% 26.3% 29.2%
Protestantism 2.8% 16% 19.7% 18.3%
Catholic Church 2.2% 4.6% 6.6% 10.9%
Korean Buddhism 2.6% 19.2% 23.2% 22.8%
None or other 92.4% 57.4% 49.3% 46.9%
Religious affiliation in South Korea by province (2005)[15]
Province Buddhist Protestant Catholic None or other
Seoul 16.8% 22.8% 14.2% 46.2%
Busan 39.2% 10.4% 7.4% 43%
Daegu 33.4% 10.4% 9.8% 46.4%
Incheon 13.8% 22.4% 13.7% 50.1%
Gwangju 14.4% 19.7% 13% 52.9%
Daejeon 21.8% 20.5% 10.7% 47%
Gyeonggi Province 16.8% 21.9% 12.4% 51.1%
Gangwon Province 23% 15.6% 9.1% 52.3%
North Chungcheong Province 23.8% 15.1% 9.9% 51.2%
South Chungcheong Province 20.5% 19.6% 9.1% 50.8%
North Jeolla Province 12.8% 26.3% 11.4% 49.5%
South Jeolla Province 16.1% 21.8% 8.7% 53.4%
North Gyeongsang Province 33.9% 11.5% 7.1% 47.5%
South Gyeongsang Province 40% 8.8% 6% 45.2%
Jeju Province 32.7% 10.3% 7.2% 49.8%
South Korea 22.8% 18.3% 10.9% 46.5%
The 907 major temples of Korean Buddhism by school (2005)[17][18]
School Temples
Jogye Order (조계종) 735 (81%)
Cheontae Order (천태종) 144 (16%)
Taego Order (태고종) 102 (11%)
Beobhwa Order (법화종) 22 (2%)
Seonhag-won (선학원) 16 (2%)
Wonhyo Order (원효종) 5 (1%)
Other 27 (3%)

History[edit]

Ancient Korea[edit]

Prior to the introduction of Buddhism, all Koreans believed in their indigenous religion socially guided by mu (shamans). Buddhism was introduced from the Chinese Former Qin state in 372 to the northern Korean state of Goguryeo,[19] and developed into distinctive Korean forms. At that time, the peninsula was divided into three kingdoms: the aforementioned Goguryeo in the north, Baekje in the southwest, and Silla in the southeast. Buddhism reached Silla only in the 5th century, but it was made the state religion only in that kingdom in the year 552.[20] Buddhism became much more popular in Silla and even in Baekje (both areas comprehended in modern South Korea), while in Goguryeo the Korean indigenous religion remained dominant.

In the following unified state of Goryeo (918–1392) Buddhism flourished, and even became a political force.[21] However, in the same period, influences from Chinese Confucianism led to the formation of Korean Confucianism that would have become the state ideology and religion of the following Joseon state.

The Joseon kingdom (1392–1910), strictly Neo-Confucian, harshly suppressed Korean Buddhism[22][23] and Korean shamanism.[24] Buddhist monasteries were destroyed and their number dropped from several hundreds to a mere thirty-six; Buddhism was eradicated from the life of towns as monks and nuns were prohibited from entering them and were marginalised to the mountains.[25] These restrictions lasted until the 19th century.[26]

In the late 19th century, the Joseon state was politically and culturally collapsing.[27] The intelligentsia was looking for solutions to invigorate and transform the nation.[28] It was in this critical period that they came into contact with Western Protestant missionaries who offered a solution to the plight of Koreans.[29] Christian communities already existed in Joseon, however it was only by the 1880s that the government allowed a large number of Western missionaries to enter the country.[30] Protestant missionaries set up schools, hospitals and publishing agencies.[31] The king of Korea and his family tacitly supported Christianity.[32]

During the absorption of Korea into the Japanese Empire (1910–1945) the already formed link of Christianity with Korean nationalism was strengthened,[33] as the Japanese tried to impose State Shinto and Christians refused to take part in Shinto rituals.[34] At the same time, numerous religious movements that since the 19th century had been trying to reform the Korean indigenous religion, notably Cheondoism, flourished.[35]

1945 onwards—South Korea[edit]

Guardian of the God of War (likely 관우 Gwan-u) in 1906. Worship of gods has been completely obliterated in Korea in the 20th century.

With the division of Korea into two states in 1945, the communist north and the anti-communist south, the bulk of the Korean Christian population that had been until then in the northern half of the peninsula,[36] fled to South Korea.[37] Cheondoists, who were concentrated in the north like Christians, remained there after the partition,[38] and South Korea now has no more than few thousands Cheondoists.

The so-called "movement to defeat the worship of gods" promoted by governments of South Korea in the 1970s and 1980s, prohibited indigenous worship and wiped out nearly all traditional shrines (sadang 사당) of the Confucian system of kinship gods' worship.[39] This was particularly tough under the rule of Park Chung-hee.[40]

This measures, combined with the rapid social changes of the same period,[41] favoured a rapid revival of Korean Buddhism and growth of Christian churches in a trend to adhere to organised religions.[42] The number of Buddhist temples rose from 2.306 in 1962 to 11.561 in 1997, Protestant churches rose from 6.785 in 1962 to 58.046 in 1997, the Catholic Church had 313 churches in 1965 and 1.366 in 2005, Won Buddhism had 131 temples in 1969 and 418 in 1997.[43] Similarly, Daesun Jinrihoe's number of temples has grown from 700 in 1983 to 1.600 in 1994.[44] Statistics from censi show that the proportion of the South Korean population self-identifying as Buddhist has grown from 2.6% in 1962 to 22.8% in 2005,[45] while the proportion of Christians has grown from 5% in 1962 to 29.2% in 2005.[46]

1990s and 2000s conflicts between religions[edit]

Since the 1980s and the 1990s there have been events of hostility of Protestants against Buddhists and followers of traditional religions in South Korea. This include the arson of temples, the beheading of statues of Buddha and bodhisattvas, and red Christian crosses painted on either statues or other Buddhist and other religions' properties.[47] Some of these acts have even been promoted by churches' pastors.[48]

Main religions[edit]

Buddhism[edit]

Buddhist architectures in South Korea
A building of the Samgwangsa (temple built in 1969) in Busan.
Female bodhisattva altar in the Gaeamsa, Buan County, North Jeolla Province.
Three-storeys stone pagoda of Bunhwangsa in Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang Province.
Soka Gakkai centre in Ansan, Gyeonggi.
Main article: Korean Buddhism

Buddhism (불교 Bulgyo) entered Korea from China during the period of the three kingdoms (372, or the 4th century).[49] Buddhism was the dominant religious and cultural influence in the Silla (668-935) and subsequent Goryeo (918-1392) states. Confucianism was also brought to Korea from China in early centuries, and was formulated as Korean Confucianism in Goryeo. However, it was only in the subsequent Joseon kingdom (1392–1910) that Korean Confucianism was established as the state ideology and religion, and Korean Buddhism underwent 500 years of suppression.[50][51] Buddhism in the contemporary state of South Korea is stronger in the east of the country, namely the Yeongnam and Gangwon regions, as well as in Jeju.

There are a number of different schools in Korean Buddhism (대한불교 Daehanbulgyo), including the Seon (Korean Zen). The overwhelming majority of Buddhist temples in contemporary South Korea belong to the Jogye Order, traditionally related to the Seon school. The order's headquarters are at Jogyesa in central Seoul, and it operates most of the country's old and famous temples, such as Bulguksa and Beomeosa.

Other Buddhist traditions in South Korea include the Taego Order (of Seon) and the Cheontae school, which is the Korean formulation of the Chinese Tiantai lineage, focusing on the Lotus Sutra, and has been revived in modern times. Another lineage, the Jingak, is a form of Vajrayana. Both the Jogye and Cheontae orders require their monastics to be celibate, while the Taego and Jingak orders allow for married priests. There are many other small orders in South Korea yet unknown in the West. In addition, Soka Gakkai has spread from Japan to South Korea and claims to have thousands of members there.[52]

Won Buddhism[edit]

Main article: Won Buddhism

Won Buddhism (원불교 Wonbulgyo) is a modernly reformed Buddhism that seeks to make enlightenment possible for everyone and applicable to regular life. The scriptures and practices are simplified so that anyone, regardless of their wealth, occupation, or other external living conditions, can understand them.[53]

Christianity[edit]

Christian architectures in South Korea
Jeondong Catholic Cathedral in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province.
Myungsung Church in Seoul.
Jeil Church of Suwon, in Gyeonggi Province, by night.
Main article: Christianity in Korea

Christianity (기독교 Gidoggyo) in South Korea is predominantly constituted by communities pertaining to Protestantism (개신교 Gaesingyo, "renewed teaching") and Catholicism (천주교 Cheonjugyo, "religion of the Lord of Heaven", or 카톨릭교 Katolliggyo), respectively with 8.6 million and 5.3 million members as of the 2005 census. There are also small communities of Orthodox Christians (정교 Jeonggyo), founded by Russian Orthodox missionary endeavors in the 19th century, and Mormons (몰몬교 Molmongyo).

Foreign Roman Catholic missionaries did not arrive in Korea until 1794, a decade after the return of Yi Sung-hun, a diplomat who was the first baptised Korean in Beijing.[54] He established a grassroots lay Catholic movement in Korea. However, the writings of the Jesuit missionary Matteo Ricci, who was resident at the imperial court in Beijing, had been already brought to Korea from China in the 17th century. Scholars of the Silhak ("Practical Learning"), were attracted to Catholic doctrines, and this was a key factor for the spread of the Catholic faith in the 1790s.[55] The penetration of Western ideas and Christianity in Korea became known as Seohak ("Western Learning"). A study of 1801 found that more than half of the families that had converted to Catholicism were linked to the Silhak school.[56] Largely because converts refused to perform Confucian ancestral rituals, the Joseon government prohibited the proselytisation of Christianity. Some Catholics were executed during the early 19th century, but the restrictive law was not strictly enforced.

Protestant missionaries entered Korea during the 1880s and, along with Catholic priests, converted a remarkable number of Koreans this time with the tacit support of the royal government.[57] Methodist and Presbyterian missionaries were especially successful. They established schools, universities, hospitals, and orphanages and played a significant role in the modernisation of the country.[58] During the Japanese colonial occupation, Christians were in the front ranks of the struggle for independence. Factors contributing to the growth of Protestantism included the decayed state of Korean Buddhism, the support of the intellectual elite, and the encouragement of self-support and self-government among members of the Korean church, and finally the identification of Christianity with Korean nationalism.[59]

A large number of Christians lived in the northern part of the peninsula (it was part of the so-called "Manchurian revival")[60] where Confucian influence was not as strong as in the south.[61] Before 1948 Pyongyang was an important Christian center: one-sixth of its population of about 300,000 people were converts. Following the establishment of the communist regime in the north, however, most Christians fled to South Korea to escape persecution.[62]

Christianity grew exponentially in the 1970s and 1980s, and in the 1990s it continued to grow even though at a slower rate. Christianity is especially dominant in the west of the country including Seoul, Incheon, Gyeonggi and Honam regions. Seoul is home to Yoido Full Gospel Church, the largest Pentecostal megachurch in the country.

The Christian faith in South Korea is heavily dominated by four denominations: Presbyterianism (장로교 Janglogyo), Methodism (감리교 Gamligyo), Baptists (침례교 Chimlyegyo) and Catholicism. Some non-denominational churches also exist. Korean Catholics still observe jesa (ancestral rites), albeit in a form that is very different from the religious ancestral worship of ancient Korea that is still practiced nowadays in China and Japan. Protestants, by contrast, have completely abandoned the practice.[63]

The peace churches have not gained a strong foothold on the peninsula. Quaker thought briefly attracted a national following in the late 20th century, thanks to the leadership of Ham Seok-heon. However, after Ham's death, interest in Quakerism declined. The state of Unitarianism is similar.

Mormonism[edit]

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in South Korea was established following the baptism of Kim Ho Jik in 1951. Studying nutrition in Cornell, he met a member of their faith, Oliver Wyman, and was struck with their doctrine. Upon joining the church and completing his degree, Kim traveled back to South Korea, started translations for materials, and helped the church gain official recognition.[64]

As of 2012 there were 81,628 Mormons and one temple in Seoul,[65] four missions (Seoul, Daejeon, Busan, and Seoul South[66]), 128 congregations, and twenty-four family history centres.[67]

Indigenous religions[edit]

Korean indigenous faith architectures in South Korea
Dongmyo in Seoul, a (now unused) temple dedicated to the cult of Gwan-u from China.
Pavillions of the Samseonggung, a shrine for the worship of Hwanin, Hwanung, and Dangun.
Gates of Ssangchungsa a temple dedicated to Doyang.
Chaekbawi shrine at Mungyeong Saejae.
A mudang holding a gut to placate the angry spirits of the dead.

Korean shamanism[edit]

Main article: Korean shamanism

Korean shamanism, also known as "Muism" (무교 Mugyo, "mu [shaman] religion")[68] or "Sinism" (신교 Singyo, "religion of the shin (hanja: ) [gods]"),[69] is the ethnic religion of Korea and the Koreans.[70] Although used synonymously, the two terms aren't identical:[70] Jung Young Lee describes Muism as a form of Sinism - the shamanic tradition within the religion.[71] Other names for the religion are "Sindo" (신도 "Way of the Gods") or "Sindoism" (신도교 Sindogyo, "religion of the Way of the Gods").[72][note 1]

In contemporary Korean language the shaman-priest or mu (hanja: ) is known as a mudang (hangul: 무당 hanja: 巫堂 ) if female or baksu if male, although other names and locutions are used.[70][note 2] Korean mu "shaman" is synonymous with Chinese wu, which defines priests both male and female.[71] The role of the mudang is to act as intermediary between the spirits or gods, and the human plain, through gut (rituals), seeking to resolve problems in the patterns of development of human life.[74]

Central to the faith is the belief in Haneullim or Hwanin, meaning "source of all being",[75] and of all gods of nature,[71] the utmost god or the supreme mind.[76] The mu are mythically described as descendants of the "Heavenly King", son of the "Holy Mother [of the Heavenly King]", with investiture often passed down through female princely lineage.[77] However, other myths link the heritage of the traditional faith to Dangun, male son of the Heavenly King and initiator of the Korean nation.[78]

Korean Muism has similarities with Chinese Wuism,[79] Japanese Shinto, and with the Siberian, Mongolian, and Manchurian religious traditions.[79] As highlighted by anthropological studies, the Korean ancestral god Dangun is related to the Ural-Altaic Tengri "Heaven", the shaman and the prince.[80][81] In some provinces of Korea the shaman is still called dangul dangul-ari.[75] The mudang is similar to the Japanese miko and the Ryukyuan yuta. Muism has exerted an influence on some Korean new religions, such as Cheondoism and Jeungsanism. According to various sociological studies, many Christian churches in Korea make use of practices rooted in shamanism.[82]

In the 1890s, the twilight years of the Joseon kingdom, Protestant missionaries gained significant influence, and led a demonisation of the traditional religion through the press, and even carried out campaigns of physical suppression of local cults.[83] The Protestant discourse would have had an influence on all further attempts to uproot Muism.[83]

The movement to destroy gods' worship in South Korea in the 1970s and 1980s, destroyed much of the physical heritage of Korean indigenous religion (temples and shrines).[84] This was particularly tough under the rule of Park Chung-hee.[40] There have been talks of a revival of shamanism in South Korea in most recent times.[85][86]

Cheondoism[edit]

Main article: Cheondoism

Cheondoism (천도교 Cheondogyo) is a fundamentally Confucian religious tradition derived from indigenous Sinism. It is the religious dimension of the Donghak ("Eastern Learning") movement that was founded by Choe Je-u (1824-1864), a member of an impoverished yangban (aristocratic) family,[87] in 1860 as a counter-force to the rise of "foreign religions",[88] which in his view included Buddhism and Christianity (part of Seohak, the wave of Western influence that penetrated Korean life at the end of the 19th century).[89] Choe Je-u founded Cheondoism after having been allegedly healed from illness by an experience of Sangje or Haneullim, the god of the universal Heaven in traditional shamanism.[90]

The Donghak movement became so influential among common people that in 1864 the Joseon government sentenced Choe Je-u to death.[91] The movement grew and in 1894 the members gave rise to the Donghak Peasant Revolution against the royal government. With the division of Korea in 1945, most of the Cheondoist community remained in the north, where the majority of them dwelled.[92] Only few thousands of them remain in South Korea today.

The social and historical significance of the Donghak movement and Cheondoism has been largely ignored in South Korea,[93] contrarywise to North Korea where Cheondoism is viewed positively as a folk (minjung) movement.[94]

Other sects[edit]

Apart from Cheondoism, other sects based on indigenous religion were founded between the end of the 19th century and the early decades of the 20th century. They include Daejongism (대종교 Daejonggyo),[95] which has as its central creed the worship of Dangun, legendary founder of Gojoseon, thought of as the first proto-Korean kingdom; and two splinter sects of Cheondoism: Suwunism and Bocheonism.

Jeungsanism (증산교 Jeungsangyo) defines a family of religions founded in the early 20th century[96] that emphasise magical practices and millenarian teachings. Part of it are three or possibly more "Jeungsan religions": Jeungsando (증산도) that is the most popular and also proselytises overseas,[97] Taejeukdo (태극도) and Daesun Jinrihoe (대순진리회). They show Taoist-derived themes.

There are also a number of small religious sects, which have sprung up around Gyeryongsan ("Rooster-Dragon Mountain", always one of Korea's most-sacred areas) in South Chungcheong Province, the supposed future site of the founding of a new dynasty originally prophesied in the 18th century (or before). The Chinese religion of Yiguandao (一貫道, Korean: Ilguando) and Japanese Tenriism (천리교 Cheonligyo) also claim to have thousands of South Korean members.[98]

Other religions[edit]

Confucianism[edit]

Confucian architectures in South Korea
Shrine of a Confucian school in Gangneung.
Chisan Seowon, a seowon (private Confucian school) of the Joseon era.
Ritual at a Confucian temple (before 1935).
Main article: Korean Confucianism

Only 0.2% of contemporary South Koreans identify as adherents of Confucianism (유교 Yugyo). However, the influence of Confucian ethical thought on other religious practices, and on Korean culture in general, remains ubiquitous and pervasive.

Confucian rituals are still practiced at various times of the year. The most prominent of these are the annual rites held at the Shrine of Confucius in Seoul. Other rites, for instance those in honor of clan founders, are held at the numerous shrines found throughout the country.

Unification Church[edit]

Main article: Unification Church

The Unification Church or Unificationism (통일교 Tongilgyo)[99] is a new religious movement founded in South Korea in 1954 by Sun Myung Moon. Since its founding, the church has expanded throughout the world with most members living in East Asia.

Unificationist beliefs are derived from the Christian Bible and are explained in the church's textbook, the Divine Principle. It teaches that God is the creator and Heavenly Parent, whose dual nature combines both masculinity and femininity and whose center is true love. The blessing ceremony of the Unification Church, a wedding or marriage rededication ceremony, is a church tradition which has attracted wide public attention.

The Unification Church has sponsored many organizations and projects over the years; including businesses, news media, projects in education and the arts, and political and social activism. The church was led by Moon until his death on September 3, 2012. At the time of Moon's death, it was reported that his widow Hak Ja Han would assume the leadership of the church. Their philosophy for establishing the Kingdom of Heaven is family-centered.[100]

In 2003, Korean Unification Church members started a political party in South Korea. It was named "The Party for God, Peace, Unification, and Home". In an inauguration declaration, the new party said it would focus on preparing for the reunification of the South and North Korea by educating the public about God and peace. A church official said that similar political parties would be started in Japan and the United States.[101]

Minarets of the Seoul Central Mosque.

Islam[edit]

Main article: Islam in Korea

Islam (이슬람교 Iseullamgyo) in South Korea is represented by a community of roughly 40,000 Muslims, mainly composed by people who converted during the Korean War and their descendents and not including migrant workers from South and Southeast Asia. The largest mosque is the Seoul Central Mosque in the Itaewon district of Seoul; smaller mosques can be found in most of the country's major cities.

In addition to native Korean Muslims, there are around a hundred thousand foreign workers from Muslim countries, particularly Indonesian, Malaysia, and Pakistan.[102]

Hinduism[edit]

Main article: Hinduism in Korea

Hinduism (힌두교 Hindugyo) is practiced among South Korea's small Indian and Nepali immigrant community. However, Hindu traditions such as yoga and Vedantic thought have attracted interest among younger South Koreans. There are two Hindu temples in the Seoul region, the Sri Radha Shyamasundar Mandir and the Sri Sri Radha Krishna temple, located on Seoul's outskirts.

Judaism[edit]

The Jewish presence in South Korea effectively began with the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950. At this time a large number of Jewish soldiers, including the chaplain Chaim Potok, came to the Korean peninsula. Today the Jewish community is very small and limited to the Seoul metropolitan area. There have been very few Korean converts to Judaism (유태교 Yutaegyo).

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Cognates of Japanese Shinto and Chinese Shendao.
  2. ^ Another term is dangol (hangul: 당골 ). The word mudang is mostly associated, though not exclusively, to female shamans due to their prevalence in the Korean tradition in recent centuries. This has brought to the development of other locutions for male shamans, including sana mudang (literally "male mudang") in the Seoul area or baksu mudang ("healer mudang"), shortened baksu, in the Pyongyang area. It is reasonable to believe that the word baksu is an ancient authentic designation for male shamans.[73]

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