The Souls of China

While researching this book, he lived for extended periods with underground church members, rural Daoists, and Buddhist pilgrims.

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Author: Ian Johnson

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9781101870068

Category: History

Page: 480

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From the Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, a revelatory portrait of religion in China today—its history, the spiritual traditions of its Eastern and Western faiths, and the ways in which it is influencing China’s future. The Souls of China tells the story of one of the world’s great spiritual revivals. Following a century of violent anti-religious campaigns, China is now filled with new temples, churches, and mosques—as well as cults, sects, and politicians trying to harness religion for their own ends. Driving this explosion of faith is uncertainty—over what it means to be Chinese and how to live an ethical life in a country that discarded traditional morality a century ago and is searching for new guideposts. Ian Johnson first visited China in 1984; in the 1990s he helped run a charity to rebuild Daoist temples, and in 2001 he won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the suppression of the Falun Gong spiritual movement. While researching this book, he lived for extended periods with underground church members, rural Daoists, and Buddhist pilgrims. Along the way, he learned esoteric meditation techniques, visited a nonagenarian Confucian sage, and befriended government propagandists as they fashioned a remarkable embrace of traditional values. He has distilled these experiences into a cycle of festivals, births, deaths, detentions, and struggle—a great awakening of faith that is shaping the soul of the world’s newest superpower.

The Souls of China

'In this fascinating odyssey, Ian Johnson uncovers the contradictory, complex face of religion in China today ... a nuanced group portrait of citizens striving for non-material answers in an era of frenetic materialism ... the book is full ...

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Author: Ian Johnson

Publisher:

ISBN: 0141986085

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Page: 464

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In no society on Earth was there such a ferocious attempt to eradicate all trace of religion as in modern China. But now, following a century of violent antireligious campaigns, China is awash with new temples, churches, and mosques - as well as cults, sects, and politicians trying to harness religion for their own ends. Driving this explosion of faith is uncertainty - over what it means to be Chinese, and how to live an ethical life in a country that discarded traditional morality and is still searching for new guideposts. The Souls of Chinais the result of some fifteen years of studying and travelling around China. The message of Ian Johnson's extraordinary book is that China is now experiencing a 'Great Awakening' on a vast scale. Everywhere long-suppressed religions are rebuilding, often in new forms, and reshaping the values and behaviours of entire communities.

The Souls of China

PENGUIN BOOKS THE SOULS OF CHINA 'In Ian Johnson, whose relationship
with China dates to the mid1980s and who took five years in researching The
Souls of China, the faithful have found an ideal chronicler. With the patience of
the ...

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Author: Ian Johnson

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780241305300

Category: History

Page: 480

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In no society on Earth was there such a ferocious attempt to eradicate all trace of religion as in modern China. But now, following a century of violent antireligious campaigns, China is awash with new temples, churches, and mosques - as well as cults, sects, and politicians trying to harness religion for their own ends. Driving this explosion of faith is uncertainty - over what it means to be Chinese, and how to live an ethical life in a country that discarded traditional morality and is still searching for new guideposts. The Souls of China is the result of some fifteen years of studying and travelling around China. The message of Ian Johnson's extraordinary book is that China is now experiencing a 'Great Awakening' on a vast scale. Everywhere long-suppressed religions are rebuilding, often in new forms, and reshaping the values and behaviours of entire communities. Ian Johnson is as happy explaining the wonders of the lunar calendar as talking to the yinyang man who ensures proper burials. He visits meditation masters and the charismatic head of a Chengdu church. The result is a rich and funny work that challenges conventional wisdom about China. Xi Jinping, China's current leader, has put a return to morality and Chinese tradition at the heart of his ideas for his country - but, Johnson asks, at what point will the rapid spread of belief form an unmanageable challenge to the Party's monopoly on power?

China Coup

The main body of this book, Part 2, explains why it will happen.

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Author: Roger Garside

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780520380974

Category: History

Page: 256

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"Before the next National Congress of the Communist Party of China, due in November 2022, President Xi Jinping will be removed from office by a coup d'âetat mounted by rivals in the top leadership who will end the tyranny of the one-party dictatorship and launch a transition to democracy and the rule of law. The main body of this book, Part 2, explains why it will happen. Parts 1 and 3 tell how it may happen"--

Wild Grass

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Author: Ian Johnson

Publisher:

ISBN: 0141996234

Category:

Page: 336

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Christian Souls and Chinese Spirits

How do the people of a village that is both Chinese and Christian reconcile their religious and ethnic identities?

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Author: Nicole Constable

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520083849

Category: Social Science

Page: 233

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How do the people of a village that is both Chinese and Christian reconcile their religious and ethnic identities? Established at the turn of the century by Hakka Christians seeking to escape hardship and discrimination in China, Shung Him Tong was built as an "ideal" Chinese and Christian village. Despite accusations to the contrary, these villagers maintain that while they are Christian, they are still Chinese. Photos. Maps.

The Religion of the Chinese

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: .

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Author: Jan Jakob Maria Groot

Publisher: Theclassics.Us

ISBN: 1230387331

Category:

Page: 48

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII Buddhism--II Certainly the career of Buddhism cannot be said to have been a happy one. I think that, on account of its noble principles of humanitarianism, it might have deserved a better fate. It had no lasting success in India, where it was born; Brahmanism and Shivaism there have actually superseded, not to say destroyed it. Nor has it met with better fortune in the empire of China. There it has never been able to supplant Confucianism, the religion of the state. On the contrary, after some centuries of considerable prosperity and growth, a strong reaction against it set in from the Confucian side, reducing in course of time the church and its monachism to the pitiable state in which we know it at the present day. We have already read something on this topic in Chapter IV, in the pages relating to the Confucian spirit of intolerance and persecution, and have seen that the church was not destroyed totally, since in particular the worship of the dead saved it. Salloo vation of the dead was, indeed, an art which no other religion could exercise in so high a degree of perfection; no other but Buddha's church, in obedience to the commandments of Brahma's Net, could redeem the departed from hell, and could elevate them to arhatship, to dewaship, nay, the dignity of the bodhisattwas and even the buddhas. To this august end the church had its magical sutras, its tantras, or spells. It practised to the same purpose its wonderful dhyana art, for by fixedly imagining that the souls in hell, hungry, thirsty, indescribably miserable, are fed, clothed, refreshed and released, the clergy magically refreshed and redeemed them in reality. There was even more: Amitabha, the buddha of the paradise, and Kwanyin or Avalokitecvara, the goddess...

Bird deities in China

Perhaps it was the flight of the bird into the unseen distance that caused it to be
particularly associated with the departure of the soul from life . Later on the birds
are associated with the natural forces ; with agriculture ; with war ; in one instance
 ...

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Author: Florance Waterbury

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105033209524

Category: Animal worship

Page: 191

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book II On the soul and ancestral worship

On entering the vast field of animistic notions , which Chinese popular lore
unrolls , we cannot expect to find therein the most primitive ideas respecting the
Soul . China ' s primeval culture lies , in fact , so far behind us , and is superseded
by ...

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Author: Jan Jakob Maria Groot

Publisher:

ISBN: UVA:X001092500

Category: Ancestor worship

Page: 2809

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The Great Han

Analyzing the movement’s ideas and practices, this book argues that the vision of a pure, perfectly ordered, ethnically homogeneous, and secure society is in fact a fantasy constructed in response to the challenging realities of the ...

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Author: Kevin Carrico

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520295506

Category: Social Science

Page: 280

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The Great Han is an ethnographic study of the Han Clothing Movement, a neotraditionalist and racial nationalist movement that has emerged in China since 2001. Participants come together both online and in person in cities across China to revitalize their utopian vision of the authentic “Great Han” and corresponding “real China” through pseudotraditional ethnic dress, reinvented Confucian ritual, and anti-foreign sentiment. Analyzing the movement’s ideas and practices, this book argues that the vision of a pure, perfectly ordered, ethnically homogeneous, and secure society is in fact a fantasy constructed in response to the challenging realities of the present. Yet this national imaginary is reproduced precisely through its own perpetual elusiveness. The Great Han is a pioneering analysis of Han identity, nationalism, and social movements in a rapidly changing China.

Everyday Customs in China

This year your soul comes back and unravels the mat . The three souls and
seven p ' o unravel the sewing basket ( round and shallow , made of bamboo ) .
Your soul has been dead one year . Your aged soul has fallen for a year . This
year ...

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Author: Annie Cormack

Publisher:

ISBN: IND:30000118569270

Category: China

Page: 264

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Theses on Tibetology in China

back of the goat for the lost soul to go into . In addition , there was a song for
calling the soul : The east demon and evil souls cannot catch the soul , The south
demon and evil souls cannot catch the soul ; The west demon and evil souls
cannot ...

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Author: 廖祖桂

Publisher:

ISBN: UVA:X004337371

Category: Buddhism

Page: 599

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Voices from the Underworld

Through its alternative methodological and narrative stance, the book intervenes in debates on the interrelation between sociocultural and spiritual worlds, and promotes the de-stigmatisation of spirit possession and discarnate phenomena in ...

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Author: Fabian Graham

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9781526140593

Category: Religion

Page: 280

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In Singapore and Malaysia, the inversion of Chinese Underworld traditions has meant that Underworld demons are now amongst the most commonly venerated deities in statue form, channelled through their spirit mediums, tang-ki. The Chinese Underworld and its sub-hells are populated by a bureaucracy drawn from the Buddhist, Taoist and vernacular pantheons. Under the watchful eye of Hell’s ‘enforcers’, the lower echelons of demon soldiers impose post-mortal punishments on the souls of the recently deceased for moral transgressions committed during their prior incarnations. Voices from the Underworld offers an ethnography of contemporary Chinese Underworld traditions, where night-time cemetery rituals assist the souls of the dead, exorcised spirits are imprisoned in Guinness bottles, and malicious foetus ghosts are enlisted to strengthen a temple’s spirit army. Understanding the religious divergences between Singapore and Malaysia through an analysis of socio-political and historical events, Fabian Graham challenges common assumptions on the nature and scope of Chinese vernacular religious beliefs and practices. Graham’s innovative approach to alterity allows the reader to listen to first-person dialogues between the author and channelled Underworld deities. Through its alternative methodological and narrative stance, the book intervenes in debates on the interrelation between sociocultural and spiritual worlds, and promotes the de-stigmatisation of spirit possession and discarnate phenomena in the future study of mystical and religious traditions.

China

About 2,000 years ago , genealogical tables were introduced as homes for the
soul during sacrificial acts . Up until that time , the king and noblemen had used
human sacrifices for ancestral worship . Even today , the Chinese worship their ...

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Publisher:

ISBN: PSU:000031426312

Category: China

Page:

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Surviving the State Remaking the Church

This book also serves to bring back scholarly discussions on the habits of the heart as the condition that helps form identities and nurture social morality, whether individuals engage in private or public affairs.

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Author: Li Ma

Publisher:

ISBN: 1532634625

Category: Religion

Page: 228

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This sociological portrait presents how Chinese Christians have coped with life under a hostile regime over a span of different historical periods, and how Christian churches as collective entities have been reshaped by ripples of social change. China's change from a centrally planned economy to a market economy, or from an agrarian society to an urbanizing society, are admittedly significant phenomena worthy of scholarly attention, but real changes are about values and beliefs that give rise to social structures over time. The growth of Christianity has become interwoven with the disintegration or emergence of Chinese cultural beliefs, political ideologies, and commercial values. Relying mainly on an oral history method for data collection, the authors allow the narratives of Chinese Christians to speak for themselves. Identifying the formative cultural elements, a sociohistorical analysis also helps to lay out a coherent understanding of the complexity of religious experiences for Christians in the Chinese world. This book also serves to bring back scholarly discussions on the habits of the heart as the condition that helps form identities and nurture social morality, whether individuals engage in private or public affairs. ""Li Ma and Jin Li have written an unusually valuable book on the recent history of Christianity in China. Unlike too many others (often speculative or ill-informed), they support their general narrative with extensive ethnographic research. The individuals they have interviewed provide fascinating insights into conversions in prison, the Christian 'harvest' from the Tiannamen Square massacres, effective evangelism at McDonald's and Starbucks, the emergence of Christian NGOs, ongoing tensions between believers and the Chinese Communist Party, the surprising emergence of self-conscious Chinese Calvinist theology, and much more. The result is extraordinary insight concerning perhaps the most important scene of Christian development in the world today."" --Mark Noll, Professor at the University of Notre Dame ""Ma and Li have given us an invaluable set of voices from China's Christian world. Through patient combing of printed texts and many hours of interviews with people today, they allow Chinese Christians to speak for themselves and let us understand how Christianity has become China's fastest-growing--and one of its most influential--religions. Understanding China requires understandings its faiths and beliefs, and especially those of its youngest but most dynamic faith: Christianity."" --Ian Johnson, Pulitzer-Prize winning writer, Author of The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao ""Readers in the West and the East alike are keen to know more about life in China, both today and in the recent past. For Christian readers, this eager curiosity extends to the churches of China, the majority of which remain officially illegal and are often hidden. What does it mean to be a Christian in China today? How do today's Chinese Christians remember the past? Why have they come to faith? What difference does Christianity make in their lives? Sociologist Li Ma and her husband, theologian Jin Li, have interviewed over 100 Chinese Christians from various parts of the nation. Their voices, so seldom heard, come through with amazing force. This book reveals the hearts and minds of Chinese Christians as never before."" --Joel Carpenter, Director, Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity at Calvin College ""Surviving the State, Remaking the Church is a truly illuminating book. Based on interviews with Chinese Christians, it provides valuable glimpses into the remarkable stories of how the Chinese churches survived during the era of the most severe repression. It also provides vivid and thoughtful accounts of the many contemporary challenges facing Chinese Christians even as their churches continue to flourish."" --George Marsden, Emeritus Professor of History, University of Notre Dame Li

The Religious System of China book II On the soul and ancestral worship

On entering the vast field of animistic notions , which Chinese popular lore
unrolls , we cannot expect to find therein the most primitive ideas respecting the
Soul . China's primeval culture lies , in fact , so far behind us , and is superseded
by so ...

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Author: Jan Jakob Maria Groot

Publisher:

ISBN: WISC:89034629410

Category: Ancestor worship

Page:

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Chinese Religion

( Master Chuang , scroll 6 , “ The Great Master " ; Chuang Tzû , “ Ta Tsung Shih "
) 9 The Early Chinese Worldview In this view it may be said that there is really no
room at all for the soul . Tao , functioning through the operations of yin and yang ...

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Author: Laurence G. Thompson

Publisher:

ISBN: UVA:X004030321

Category: Religion

Page: 182

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Laurence Thompson's Chinese Religion: An Introduction, Fifth Edition is unique in its presentation of religious expression as a manifestation of Chinese culture. Part of Wadsworth's Religious Life in History Series, this accessible introduction to Chinese religion adheres to the Series' fundamental mission to explore religion as a means to "ultimate transformation". Continuing to expand on that theme, the author has added a new chapter to this edition that views Chinese religion as a means of coping with existential problems. The Fifth Edition also includes new suggested readings that explore current developments in this rapidly evolving field.

China

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Author: Manfred Morgenstern

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

ISBN: 0395662443

Category: China

Page: 393

View: 187

Evocative text and dramatic photos bring the Chinese experience to life, giving readers a taste of what they can expect to see and experience to the "Middle Kingdom."

Soulstealers

In a fascinating chronicle of this epidemic of fear and the official prosecution of soulstealers that ensued, Philip Kuhn opens a window on the world of eighteenth-century China.

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Author: Philip A KUHN

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674039773

Category: History

Page: 320

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Midway through the reign of the Ch'ien-lung emperor, Hungli, mass hysteria broke out among the common people. It was feared that sorcerers were roaming the land, clipping off the ends of men's queues (the braids worn by royal decree) and chanting magical incantations over them in order to steal the souls of their owners. In a fascinating chronicle of this epidemic of fear and the official prosecution of soulstealers that ensued, Philip Kuhn opens a window on the world of eighteenth-century China.