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Ancestors, virgins, & friars : Christianity as a local religion in late Imperial China / Eugenio Menegon.

Author/creator Menegon, Eugenio, 1966-
Other author/creatorAmerican Council of Learned Societies.
Format Electronic and Book
Publication InfoCambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Asia Center for the Harvard-Yenching Institute : Distributed by Harvard University Press,
Descriptionxx, 450 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
Supplemental Content Full text available from ACLS Humanities E-Book
Spine title Ancestors, virgins, and friars
Series Harvard-Yenching Institute monograph series ; 69
Harvard-Yenching Institute monograph series ; 69. ^A28185
Contents Introduction : "truly unfathomable"? -- Fuan literati, Jesuits, and Spanish friars -- Becoming local : conflict with gods and ancestors, 1634-1645 -- The golden age of opportunity, 1645-1723 -- Suppression and persistence, 1723-1840s -- The Christians of Fuan -- Christian religious fellowship in Mindong : priests, rituals, and lay institutions -- Filial piety, ancestral rituals, and salvation -- Virginity, chastity, and sex -- Conclusion : ruptures : Fuan after the Opium Wars.
Review "Christianity is often praised as an agent of Chinese modernization or damned as a form of cultural and religious imperialism. In both cases, Christianity's foreignness and the social isolation of converts have dominated this debate. This book aims to uncover another story. In the sixteenth century, European missionaries brought a foreign and global religion to China. Converts then transformed this new religion into a local one." "Focusing on the still-active Catholic communities of Fuan county in northeast Fujian, this project addresses three main questions. Why did people convert? How did converts and missionaries transform a global and foreign religion into a local religion? What does Christianity's localization in Fuan tell us about the relationship between late imperial Chinese society and religion?" "The study's implications extend beyond the issue of Christianity in China to the wider fields of religious and social history and the early modern history of global intercultural relations. The book suggests that Christianity became part of a pre-existing pluralistic, local religious space and, the author argues, that we underestimate late imperial society's tolerance for "heterodoxy." The view from Fuan offers an original account of how a locality created its own religious culture in Ming and Qing China."--BOOK JACKET.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (p. 385-426) and index.
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Technical detailsMode of access: World Wide Web
Genre/formElectronic books.
LCCN 2009037574
ISBN9780674035966 (cloth : alk. paper)
ISBN0674035968 (cloth : alk. paper)

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