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Reclaiming the wilderness : contemporary dynamics of the Yiguandao

Author: Sébastien Billioud
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2020]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Yiguandao (Way of Pervading Unity) was one of the major redemptive societies of Republican China. It is nowadays one of the largest and most influential religious movements of the Chinese world and at the same time one of the least known and understood. From its powerful base in Taiwan, it develops worldwide, including in Mainland China where it nevertheless remains officially forbidden. Based on extensive  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Billioud, Sébastien.
Reclaiming the wilderness
New York, NY, United States of America : Oxford University Press, 2020.
(DLC) 2020004439
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sébastien Billioud
ISBN: 9780197529157 0197529151 9780197529164 019752916X 0197529143 9780197529140
OCLC Number: 1154125255
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 296 pages) : illustrations
Responsibility: Sébastien Billioud.

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"The Yiguandao (Way of Pervading Unity) was one of the major redemptive societies of Republican China. It is nowadays one of the largest and most influential religious movements of the Chinese world and at the same time one of the least known and understood. From its powerful base in Taiwan, it develops worldwide, including in Mainland China where it nevertheless remains officially forbidden. Based on extensive ethnographic work carried out over nearly a decade, Reclaiming the Wilderness explores the expansionary dynamics of this group and its regional circulations such as they can be primarily observed from a Hong Kong perspective. It analyses the proselytizing impetus of the adepts, the transmission of charisma and forms of leadership, the specific role of Confucianism that makes it possible for the group to defuse tension with Chinese authorities and, even sometimes, to cooperate with them. It also delves into Yiguandao's well-structured expansionary strategies and in its quasi-diplomatic efforts to navigate the troubled waters of cross-straits politics. To readers primarily interested in Chinese studies, this work offers new perspectives on state-religion relationships in China, the "Taiwan issue" seen through the lenses of religion, or one of the modern and contemporary fates of Confucianism, that is, its appropriation by redemptive societies and religious organizations. But it also addresses theoretical questions that are also relevant to completely different contexts and thus contribute to the fields of sociology, anthropology and psychology of religion"--

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This book is well organized to illustrate the current work Yiguandao practitioners are doing to reclaim what they view as their rightful place as a legitimate part of China's religious landscape. Read more...

 
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