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Author Yongjia, Liang, author

Title Religious and ethnic revival in a Chinese minority : the Bai people of Southwest China / Liang Yongjia
Edition First edition
Published London : Taylor and Francis, 2018
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Description 1 online resource : text file, PDF
Series Routledge contemporary Asia ; [63]
Routledge contemporary Asia series ; 63
Contents Situating the field -- Removing religions in the 1950s and the early 1960s -- Introducing ethnicity: the promise of the utopian alterity -- Ethnicity perpetuated: Nanzhao history between China and Thailand -- Religious revival in Dali and Xizhou -- Culturalization of religion and ethnicity -- Temple lost, temple regained: the sacred public space
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 otherboth spatial and temporal. It covers a variety of topics, including pre-modern kingship, communist utopia, religious alterity, ethnic identity, religious associations, the intangible cultural heritage, and temple restorations."--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Religion.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Discrimination & Race Relations.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Minority Studies.
Study skills.
China -- Religion.
China -- Study and teaching.
Japan -- Religion.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0429486790