Not everyone believes media accounts that there are one million shamans in contemporary South Korea, but shamanism does remain a potent force.
South Korea's largest Buddhist organization, the Jogye Order, put out its first monk and nun recruitment poster late last year. But will it be enough to stop a steady fall in numbers?
Handong University announced its official opposition to homosexuality last May: “Homosexuality is a regressive cultural trend that denies Biblical truth” and, “We believe true homosexual rights lie in conversion therapy.” It goes to lengths to abide by this belief.
As a legal amendment threatens to tax the income of religious workers, some Protestant groups appear anxious to avoid financial scrutiny.
Watching the archival video of Park Geun-hye and Choi Tae-min, I was struck by how familiar the whole scene seemed. Such fervent religiosity is an integral part of the fabric of contemporary South Korea.