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Sondok

Sondok

Princess of the Moon and Stars

by Sheri Holman
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Hardcover, 187 pages
Current Retail Price: $10.95

Historical Setting: Korea, A.D. 595

During the seventh-century, the land which is now Korea was fraught with political and religious intrigue. The country was split into Three Kingdoms, each fighting for supremacy: Silla, Koguryo, and Paekche. Besides the warring kingdoms, there are three religions in conflict: Shamanism, the ancient female-dominated faith wherein Shamanist priestesses wield great power at court, foretelling the future, performing important national rituals, and healing sickness; Buddhism, the contemplative State religion; and Confucianism, a recent import from powerful China.

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