The Paintings of Korean Shaman Gods
History, Relevance and Role as Religious Icons
Amsterdam University Press
This is the first monograph on the subject to be published in English. It comprises 130 full-colour plates of shaman gods. Supported by two introductory chapters ‘Reflections on Shaman God Paintings and Shamanism’ by Kim Tae-gon, and ‘The Shaman God Paintings as an Icon and Its Artistic Qualities’ by Bak Yong-suk, both distinguished authorities in the study of Korean Shamanism, The Paintings of Korean Shaman Gods offers a very accessible introduction to understanding Korean shamanism and its art. The Paintings of Korean Shaman Gods broad appeal will be welcomed by both specialists and generalists in the fields of Asian Studies, Art History and Cultural and Religious Studies.
Kim Tae-gon (1937-1996) was professor at Kyunghee University, and amongst many professional roles, served as President of the Korean Folklore Society. Bak Yong-suk (b.1935) was a professor of art history at Dongduk Women’s University and a prolific author in the field of Korean art history and religions. Christina Han is Associate Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada, and Curatorial Consultant and Research Associate at the Royal Ontario Museum.