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Su-un and His World of Symbols: The Founder of Korea's First Indigenous Religion.

Beirne, Paul (2009) Su-un and His World of Symbols: The Founder of Korea's First Indigenous Religion. Ashgate, Surrey, England. 206pp. ISBN 978-0-7546-6284-6

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This book explores the image which Choe Su-un, the founder of Donghak (Eastern Learning), Korea's first indigenous religion, had of himself as a religious leader and human being in relation to the Lord of Heaven. Based on a study of the two symbols which Su-un created and used to disseminate his religion, and the two books of Scripture which he composed, this book breaks new ground by presenting the only major work in Englich which attempts to ascertain the image Su-un had of himself as the prototype of a new kind of religious leader in Korea, and by extension, East Asia.
Paul Beirne concludes that Su-un saw himself as a new creation, the like of which the world had not experienced, who was in complete harmony with the Lord of Heaven with whom he shared one heart. Su-un gave his life so that he could share his symbols, his scriptures and the foundational principles of his religion with all people, regardless of their status, gender, age or education. Su-un's egalitarian creed challenged the major religious traditions in Korea, and Korean society as a whole, to reflect on the innate dignity of each individual, and to reform their social, ethical and religious practices to accord with the reality of the Divine presence in the 'sacred refuge' that lies within.

Item Type: Books / Monographs
Repository Version: Proofs
Keywords: Choe Su-un, Donghak, Eastern Learning, Korean religion, Korean indigenous religion, Jumun, Yeongbu, Korean religious leader, Lord of Heaven
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220406 Studies in Eastern Religious Traditions
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: A - World Religions
College/Association with University of Divinity: Other University of Divinity
Depositing User: Cate Headey
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2010 01:42
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2016 03:51
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/350

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