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Before the modernist variations of the 20 th century, China had one of many richest and so much different spiritual cultures on this planet. the novel anti-traditionalist regulations of either the Republican and Communist regimes in addition to different socio-historical components posed ambitious demanding situations to China’s non secular traditions yet, this e-book argues, those stipulations additionally offered new possibilities for re-generation and innovation.

It exhibits that financial reforms and the concurrent leisure of spiritual rules have supplied fertile flooring for the revitalization of a wide range of non secular 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 types of spiritual practices have emerged akin to lay Buddhist preachers, "Maoist shamans", and more than a few qigong sects/schools.

Written by means of a global, interdisciplinary staff of specialists who've all carried out in-depth fieldwork learn in China, this booklet offers a wide-ranging survey of latest non secular practices in China. It examines different tactics and mechanisms of non secular revivals and options, and, extra largely, relates the chinese language instance of non secular revitalization to greater problems with social and cultural continuity and alter.

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