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Pyong Gap Min

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814795859

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814795859.001.0001

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Religions in India and South Korea

Religions in India and South Korea

(p.29) 2 Religions in India and South Korea
Preserving Ethnicity through Religion in America

Pyong Gap Min

NYU Press

This chapter examines the religious landscapes in India and South Korea to try to understand the relationships between immigrants' religion and ethnicity. In India, Hindus made up 80.5% of the population in 2001, while Muslims, Christians, and Sikhs accounted for 13.4%, 2.3%, and 1.9%, respectively. In South Korea, the Social Statistics Survey 2003 showed that 54% of the population (aged 15 and older) indicated that they had a religion, with 25% of respondents choosing Buddhism and 27% choosing either Protestantism (20%) or Catholicism (7%). Although both countries are home to several religions, historically India has suffered far more social conflicts related to religious division compared to South Korea. However, the recent emergence of strong evangelical Christians has contributed to some religious conflicts in South Korea.

Keywords:   South Korea, India, religion, ethnicity, immigrants, religious conflict

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