Before the modernist alterations of the 20th century, China had one of many richest and such a lot different spiritual cultures on the planet. the unconventional anti-traditionalist rules of either the Republican and Communist regimes in addition to different socio-historical elements posed bold demanding situations to China’s non secular traditions yet, this ebook argues, those stipulations additionally awarded new possibilities for re-generation and innovation.
It indicates that financial reforms and the concurrent rest of spiritual rules have supplied fertile floor for the revitalization of a big selection of spiritual practices, together with divination, ancestor worship, temple fairs, spirit mediumism, churchgoing, funeral rites, exorcism, pilgrimages, sectarianism, sutra chanting, and the printing and distribution of morality books. both new kinds of spiritual practices have emerged similar to lay Buddhist preachers, "Maoist shamans", and more than a few qigong sects/schools.
Written by way of a global, interdisciplinary workforce of specialists who've all performed in-depth fieldwork examine in China, this booklet presents a wide-ranging survey of up to date non secular practices in China. It examines the several strategies and mechanisms of spiritual revivals and suggestions, and, extra greatly, relates the chinese language instance of spiritual revitalization to bigger problems with social and cultural continuity and alter.
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