Daoism, Shamanism and Shinto: Indigenous Religions of East Asia

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Meeting Information
Location: FPH 108
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Time: 2:00-3:50
Email: bjoo@hampshire.edu
Extension: 5589
Office: Writing Center 2nd Floor
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Technical Information
Course Level: 100
Course Number: 145
Course Capacity: 25
Course Website:


Daoism, Shamanism and Shinto: Indigenous Religions of East Asia is a Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies class taught by Ryan Bongseok Joo.

Course Description

This course introduces religious traditions originated and developed in China, Korea and Japan. We will first study Daoist and Confucian scriptures of Daodejing, Zhuangzi, Analects and Mencius, followed by an examination of their religious history and practices. We will explore the traditions of Korean Shamanism and Japanese Shinto next, paying close attention to their legends, worldview, ritual practices and the role of women. We will also study "New Religions" common to all three countries from the 19th century onward. Lastly, the course will investigate how "imported" religions such as Buddhism, Christianity and Communism were reshaped by the indigenous religions, and vice versa.

Learning Goals

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