Religious Revival in Ethnic Areas of China

Edited by Liang Yongjia

© 2016 – Routledge

320 pages

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Hardback: 9780415819763
pub: 2016-07-31

About the Book

China’s ethnic areas account for over half of China’s landmass, and have a population of over 200 million. This book examines the current very strong revival of religious faith and practices in China’s ethnic areas. It shows how radical, unofficial and transnational denominations and movements are active, often proselytising underground; how the restoration of sacred sites appeals to ethnic populations for reasons and community building and identity; and how ancestor veneration and Daoist rituals are adapted to particular circumstances. Throughout, the book presents the findings of original, detailed ethnographic research; and relates the rich picture presented to discussions about state-society relations, demonstrating that these are more complex than may at first appear, and that they pose a challenge to central control.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Liang Yongjia 2. Another "Dual Structure" in Contemporary Chinese Society Ma Rong 3. Organizing For Allah, Benefitting Muslim Women: Religion, Gender and Innovation in Central China’s Hui Muslim Contexts Maria Jaschok 4. The Worshiping of Chinggis Khan: Ethnicity, Nation-State, and Situational Relativity Naran Bilik 5. "Islamic Revival" in South Fujian: Through Lens of "Relocalization" Fan Ke 6. Quit Drinking and Start Singing: Being Christian among the Lisu of Southwest China Wu Keping 7. Multiple Modernity, Social Risk, and the Predicament of Folk Religion: Case Studies from the Dailue Ethnic Society in Southwest China Shen Haimei 8. Religious Revival in Tibet, China since the early 1980s Chen Bo 9. Superscription without Encompassment:Turning Gwer Sa La Festival into Intangible Cultural Heritage Liang Yongjia 10. Practicing and Marginalizing Mixin (Superstition): Religious Revival among the Zhuang People in China Kao Ya-ning 11. Religious Revival and De-Ethnicisation in the Ethnic Minority Regions of China Francis Lim 12. Married Lamas, Vanished Emperors, and Deserted Temples: Rebuilding the Puning Temple in Cheng De, North China Zhang Yahui 13. Tibetan Buddhist Heritage: Experiments in Re-Fusing Ethnicity and Religion Martin Saxer 14. Mapping Li(a)ngshan – The Changing Implications of Yi (Nuosu) Bimo Culture Olivia Kraef 15. Comments Prasenjit Duara

About the Editor

Liang Yongjia is a Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

About the Series

China Policy Series

With the rise of China and its impact on the world, interest in China has increased drastically in recent years. This series focuses on policy-oriented research and scholarly works with policy implications, on all aspects of contemporary Chinese economy, politics, society, environment, journalism and cultures.  It also covers China’s foreign relations with major international organizations such as the United Nations, World Trade Organization, and World Bank, and major powers such as the United States, European Union (and its member states), Japan and others.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General