Religious and Ethnic Revival in a Chinese Minority: The Bai People of Southwest China

1st Edition

Liang Yongjia

Routledge
Published June 8, 2018
Reference - 176 Pages - 13 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415528504 - CAT# Y136337
Series: Routledge Religion in Contemporary Asia Series

USD$170.00

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Summary

This book is based on anthropological fieldwork among the Bai, an ethnic minority with a population of two million in Dali, southwest China. It explores the religious and ethnic revival in the last two decades against a historical background. It explains why and how religions and ethnic identity are revived in contemporary China, with the revived analytical concept of "alterity", which suggests a world beyond here and now. The book focuses on the particular institutions and ritual technologies that seek for access to the invisible, transcendental other—both spatial and temporal. It covers a variety of topics, including pre-modern kingship, modern utopia, religious alterity, ethnic identity, religious associations, the Intangible Cultural Heritage, and temple restorations.

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