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A Re-Examination of the Social Basis of Buddhism in Late Chosŏn Korea

@article{Walraven2007ARO,
  title={A Re-Examination of the Social Basis of Buddhism in Late Chosŏn Korea},
  author={Boudewijn Walraven},
  journal={Seoul Journal of Korean Studies},
  year={2007},
  volume={20},
  pages={1-20}
}
Abstract According to the standard explanation, the advent of Neo-Confucianism in the Choson period heralded a steady decline of Buddhism in almost all respects, institutionally, doctrinally, morally and socially. Deprived of elite support, Buddhism inexorably sank down, so the narrative goes, to the level of the superstitious shmanic cults of the lower echelons of society, particularly in the second half of the Choson period. The evidence of this is still supposed to be with us in certain… Expand
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