Timo Schmitz: “The religious symbolism of the Red Banner movements in DPRK media” (2017) [PDF]

Though the religious motivation of the Red Banner movements is never mentioned formally in DPRK media, the religious symbolism is often brought up however. The reason why there is no explicit mentioning is the fact that the higher classes are rather atheist or agnostic, while lower educated classes are more susceptible for religious beliefs and to ensure that people do not develop beliefs against the government, myths are spreaded and pilgrimage sites opened where people can venerate the Kims as heavenly leader. The article below shows how these reeligious symbols however appear in DPRK media and how they are presented. In addition, also pre-red banner lyrics that play a large role in red banner movements are analysed like the songs “Bright Star” (1966) and “The Star of Korea” (1928/ 1980).

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Timo Schmitz: “Lexicon of self-studied indigenious beliefs till July 2017 – Citations from my works” (2017) [PDF]

In this paper, I summarized and quoted the research on indigenious religions which I published till July 2017 as a kind of lexicon to make it easier and save time to look up the published material.

(Including religions from Circassia, Ossetia, Georgia, Russia, Vietnam, Korea, China, Mongolia, Laos, and the USA)

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Timo Schmitz: “The Different Forms of Religion” (2017) [PDF]

During history, several forms of religion evolved. From animistic beliefs to shamanism to canonical religions. All these forms of religion are to be seen equal, though their evolutional stage shows that their has been a development from one stage to another. This paper shows a few characteristics on how to classify them and shows examples.

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Timo Schmitz: “The liveliness of the universe from a philosophical perspective” [PDF] (2017)

In traditional religions, the universe was always described as a living being that encompasses everything. Newtonian Physics however introduced new categories and led to a world-centered undynamic view of the universe, which has an impact on scientifical questions until today. However, this paper does not intend to describe or explain physics, but to build a bridge between science and religion. How did our ancestors see the relation of the cosmos to our world, and what can we learn from them? Even further, this paper intends to show that the idea of God relies on a dynamic living universe, as even in a universe in which everything has a divine plan but no dynmaic, God could have no space to exist.

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