A Study of Joseon Shamanism
Chōsen fuzoku no kenkyū (A Study of Joseon Shamanism) is a two-volume publication written in 1937 by the Japanese scholars Akiba Takashi (1888-1954) and Akamatsu Chijo (1886-1960).
Akiba majored in sociology at Tokyo Imperial University and Akamatsu in theology at Kyoto Imperial University. Akiba was a researcher for the Japanese Government- General and was appointed in 1926 to the faculty at Keijo Imperial University in Seoul, where he served until 1945. Akamatsu served on the faculty at Keijo Imperial University unti l 1941, tea ching theology and religious history.
The two scholars recognized the importance of their study; that it would contribute greatly to the understanding of Korean folk beliefs and society. They worked separately on the two volumes. The first volume is a collection of shamanic songs, comprising the origin narratives of shamanic ancestors; the twelve segments; ritual prayers; the song of the house guardian god; prologue song; death narratives; shamanic songs of Jeju Island; and miscellaneous songs. The second volume comprises the names and types of shamans; the shamanic initiation process; household gods rituals; village rituals; shamanic garb and props; the family lives of shamans; the social lives of shamans; shamanic songs and scriptures; and shamanism’s relation to Buddhism and Taoism.