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Religion-Before Religion And Religion-After Religion

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The concept of 'religion-before religion', as well as of 'religion-after religion', is the most significant criterion in the description and interpretation of religion and folk belief in Korean culture. According to this criterion, 'religion-after religion' can be defined as a separated juxtaposition of diverse religions, and 'religion-before religion' can be defined as an amassment of possible religious experiences. In other words, contrary to the 'religion-before religion', which should rather be called an 'aggregated religious culture', the 'religion-after religion' should be referred to as a 'diffused religious culture'. The only possible drawing of folk belief is not the topography of religious culture but meteorology of it. The 'religion-after religion' approach accepts musok positively in so far as it is theologised or religionised.

Keywords: culture meteorology; diffused religious culture; folk belief; Korean culture; musok; religion-after religion; religion-before religion



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