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Shamans, Housewives, and Other Restless Spirits: Women in Korean Ritual Life

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"This exceptionally well-written book is good reading, not only for specialists but also for beginning students interested in women, Korean culture, and shamanism." --Journal of Asian Studies

"Kendall maintains a closeness with and respect for her subject that keeps away the chill of academic distance and yet avoids sentimentality." --Korean Quarterly, Spring 2001
Paperback, 248 pages
Published July 1st 1987 by University of Hawaii Press (first published June 1985)
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Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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A piece of anthropological field-work, very detailed and informative. Focuses on a small number of woman shamans, gives a good idea of what they do and why. Describes a typical kut (shamanistic ritual for placating departed family members and other ghosts) from beginning to end including all the participants, mansins (shamans), family and neighbors, even ghosts (as channeled by the shamans).
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Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
A lot of in depth research done for this book by a dedicated scholar. I thought it would provide a broader view of shamanism but it stays focused on a set of families.
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