March 02, 2024
Analysis

How North Korea embraced an obscure religion as a tool for Korean unification

Kim Il Sung praised Chondoism as a patriotic and native faith, allowing it to flourish relative to other religions

North Korea is widely regarded as one of the world’s most hostile states toward religion, with the Kim regime all but eradicating traditional faiths like Christianity and Buddhism during its seven decades of totalitarian rule.

But the DPRK state has also found limited uses for religion throughout its history, and arguably no religion has played a more prominent role in the country than the relatively little-known faith of Chondoism.

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