In the Spirituality of "TongSungGiDo</I> of the Korean Church
Chapter 4. Female Images of God and the Korean Church
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If biblical female images of God are used in worship in the Korean Church, they would not be unfamiliar. The figures of deities in Korean native popular religious traditions have been mostly female, although many of them have been forgotten or marginalized. Most of the female deities have dealt with han1 in daily life, especially female-women’s lives.
As with the myths of the ancient Near East and the religious traditions of ancient Israel, female deities in Korean religious traditions also are relevant to lamentable situations. In the context of Korean native religions, the unique Korean style of lamenting prayer, TongSungGiDo (TSGD), has functioned as the means by which Korean Christians release or discharge their conscious and unconscious han in praying aloud to God. Thus, it is possible that the biblical female images of God would be more actively and effectively used in TSGD, the lamenting prayer, given that almost exclusively female images of God or female divine beings (rather than male) have been invoked in lamentable situations in many religious traditions that we examined in the previous chapters.
This chapter explores the female divine worlds in Korean ancient myths and the ancient native religion, Muism.2 In addition, it traces the origin of TSGD, restoring its genuine identity as lamenting prayer, in order to discover and reconstruct the value of lamenting prayer in the Korean Church so that the emotion of han may be appropriately released. Finally, this chapter incorporates the biblical female images of God into...
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