Contemporary Religions in China

Author: Shawn Arthur

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429812545

Category: Religion

Page: 310

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Folk and popular religion is a very significant part of Chinese religious life, especially in rural areas. Contemporary Religions in China focuses on the religious activities of the lay people of contemporary China and their ideas of what it means to be "religious" and to practice "religion". Throughout, the discussion is illustrated with case studies, textboxes, images, thought questions, and further reading, which help to capture what religion is like, how and why it is practiced, and what ‘religion’ means for everyday people across China in the twenty-first century. Contemporary Religions in China is an ideal introduction to religion in China for undergraduate students of religion, Chinese studies, and anthropology.
Handbook on Religion in China

Author: Stephan Feuchtwang

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 1786437953


Page: 488

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Informative and eye-opening, the Handbook on Religion in China provides a uniquely broad insight into the contemporary Chinese variations of Buddhism, Islam and Christianity. In turn, China's own religions of Daoism, of filial piety and transmissions of rites have spread beyond China, a progression that is explored in detail across 19 chapters, written by leading experts in the field.Utilising a historical focus to emphasize developments and highlight the transformations of ritual practices, festivals, divination and traditions, this Handbook deals with the emergence of new attitudes to selfhood and the great diversity of civic and other rituals. Traditional ways of forming relationships and conducting life-cycle rituals are also considered. This comprehensive Handbook investigates the ways in which all of these changes are affected by governmental controls that have intriguing unintended consequences.Providing a solid introduction for both newcomers and informed readers, this Handbook will be a key resource for sociologists and anthropologists of ritual and religion as well as students of religious studies, contemporary Chinese studies and the sociology of religion. With extensive references to assist readers wishing to further deepen their understanding this Handbook will also be of interest to historians and individuals interested in contemporary China.
Religious Diversity in Chinese Thought

Author: P. Schmidt-Leukel

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137318503

Category: History

Page: 262

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This collection of essays by major scholars analyze the religious diversity in Chinese religion, bringing together topics from traditional and contemporary contexts and Chinese religions' encounters with Western religion.
Chinese Religions in Contemporary Societies

Author: James Miller

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781851096268

Category: Reference

Page: 317

View: 140

A comprehensive introduction to the resurgence of religion in China and Taiwan since the end of the Cultural Revolution and a wide-ranging examination of the impact of religious traditions on Euro-Americans and Chinese immigrants in present-day North America. * A collection of essays written by a diverse lineup of distinguished experts including James Miller, Tam Wai Lun, Ven. Jing Yin, Kim Sung-Hae, Alison Marshall, Tak-ling Terry Woo, David Palmer, Jonathan H. X. Lee, and Elijah Siegler * Photographs illustrating important aspects of Chinese religious practices * A bibliography for each chapter to facilitate further research * An index for fast access to key events, individuals, organizations, deities, religious terms and practices, and time periods
State of the Field and Disciplinary Approaches

Author: André Laliberté

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110547801

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 273

View: 241

The three-volume project 'Concepts and Methods for the Study of Chinese Religions' presents a history of the study of Chinese religions. It evaluates the current state of scholarship, discusses a variety of analytical approaches and theories about methodology, epistemology, and the ontology of the field. The three books display an interdisciplinary approach and offer debates that transcend national traditions. It engages with a variety of methodologies for the study of East Asian religions and promotes dialogues with Western and Chinese voices. This volume covers successive historical stages in the study of religion in modern China, draws out the genealogy of major figures and intellectual achievements in a variety of research traditions, and highlights as well the challenges and evolutions experienced by the main disciplines in the last 30 years. This volume serves as a reference for graduate students and scholars interested by religions in modern Chinese societies (i.e., mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Chinese communities oversea). Using a wide range of methods, from textual analysis to fieldwork, it presents case studies via the disciplines of religious studies, anthropology, sociology, history, and political science.
Religious Faith of the Chinese

Author: Xinping Zhuo

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9789811063794

Category: Social Science

Page: 273

View: 143

This book comprehensively examines religious faith in China from the perspective of cultural philosophy and cultural history. It explores the social, political, cultural and spiritual meanings of religions, tracing their historical development and related paradigm shifts. It also analyzes the characteristics of the country’s local religions and the process of indigenization of world religions, and describes the peaceful co-existence and harmonious confluence of multiple religions in Chinese spiritual life, revealing the vibrant and diverse colors of its religious culture. Examining these religions’ social and cultural functions in contemporary Chinese society, the book demonstrates the rich and complex intertwinement of religious faith, cultural spirit and national disposition among the Chinese people.
Contemporary Religious Studies in China

Author: Xinping Zuo

Publisher: Paths International Limited

ISBN: 1844645835


Page: 536

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When looking back to the spectacular history since the founding of the PRC, we realize the huge accomplishment of contemporary China, and the remarkable spirit of Chinese people. Just as in other branches, the achievements of contemporary Chinese academic development are fully manifested in the research and results of contemporary Chinese religious studies. Therefore, there is special academic value and practical significance for the development and the future of our religious studies to reexamine and explore this period of history. During the academic development of contemporary China, religious studies became one of the most developed and popular, as well as controversial, subjects. This is because religious studies have been situated in a complex background, and it is difficult to have a well-situated position with broad spectrums and sensitive questions. Hence, religious studies is a growing subject, and the understanding of its connotation and extension is still on the way. The full development of religious studies as a discipline will represent the real leap of Chinese religious studies.
Religious Experience in Contemporary China

Author: Xinzhong Yao


ISBN: UOM:39015073929724

Category: Social Science

Page: 275

View: 700

This fascinating and timely volume analyzes data from a four-year study of the religious experience in contemporary China—the results of which will radically transform the understanding of the role religion plays in twenty-first-century Chinese culture. Focused on the Han Chinese, who make up more than ninety percent of mainland China’s population, Religious Experience in Contemporary China considers that groundbreaking research in an almost wholly new context: though the suppression of religion by communist authorities in the latter part of the twentieth century is well documented, much less is known about the underlying resurgence of religious life within the world’s most populous nation. Until recently, such research would not have been permitted, and the fascinating results presented here make Religious Experience in Contemporary China an essential addition to the increasing amounts of publications on China in the new age.
Handbook of the History of Religions in China I

Author: Zhongjian Zhan, Jian Mu

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 9783838212074

Category: Religion

Page: 406

View: 846

This book is part of an initiative in cooperation with renowned Chinese publishers to make fundamental, formative, and influential Chinese thinkers available to a western readership, providing absorbing insights into Chinese reflections of late, and offering a chance to grasp today’s China. In their influential book Handbook of the History of Religions in China, Zhongjian Mou and Jian Zhang present a panorama of the religions existing in China through time. In their fascinating History, they delineate the emergence and development of Daoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Islam, and Christianity and explore the roles they played in Chinese society and the interrelations between them. In China, also due to the encompassing Confucian idea of “living together harmoniously while maintaining differences,” religions—including newly arrived ones—came closer together than anywhere else in the world and reached a unique level of peaceful societal coexistence. Despite many frictions and conflicts, communication and reconciliation were indisputably predominant in China throughout history. Buddhism was peacefully introduced into China and, later on, a harmonious, symbiotic syncretism of Confucianism, Buddhism, and Daoism developed—an exemplary process of how a diverse set of different religions can complement each other and contribute to a better life.
State, Market, and Religions in Chinese Societies

Author: Fenggang Yang

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789047408192

Category: Religion

Page: 266

View: 477

This is a collection of original, new studies about religious changes in Chinese societies, focusing on the role of the state and market in affecting religious developments. It will interest people who want to understand China and/or religious change in modernizing societies
Religion in Contemporary China

Author: Adam Yuet Chau

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136892264

Category: Religion

Page: 263

View: 531

This book provides a wide-ranging and in-depth survey of contemporary religious practices in China. It explains how recent economic reforms and concurrent relaxation of religious polices have created fertile ground for the revitalization of a wide range of religious practices and relates this to larger issues of social and cultural continuity and change.