Buddhism and shamanism have long been two of the most important elements in the religious lives of the Korean people. Over time extensive syncretism between the two has occurred, to the extent that some people say that they are virtually indistinguishable. Their peaceful coexistence has been symbiotic and hierarchical, with Buddhism having superiority over shamanism.
In this book, the author analyzes the basic principles and practices of both 'religions', to divulge the nature and reasons for the extensive syncretism between two such disparate religious phenomena. She concludes by discussing the current state of the relationship between the two against the backdrop of the rapidly changing religious scene in contemporary Korean society.