Religious Revival in Ethnic Areas of China
Edited by Liang Yongjia
Routledge – 2015 – 320 pages
Series: China Policy Series
China’s ethnic areas account for over half of China’s landmass, and have a population of over 200 million. This book examines the current very strong revival of religious faith and practices in China’s ethnic areas. It shows how radical, unofficial and transnational denominations and movements are active, often proselytising underground; how the restoration of sacred sites appeals to ethnic populations for reasons and community building and identity; and how ancestor veneration and Daoist rituals are adapted to particular circumstances. Throughout, the book presents the findings of original, detailed ethnographic research; and relates the rich picture presented to discussions about state-society relations, demonstrating that these are more complex than may at first appear, and that they pose a challenge to central control.
1. Introduction Liang Yongjia 2. Another "Dual Structure" in Contemporary Chinese Society Ma Rong 3. Organizing For Allah, Benefitting Muslim Women: Religion, Gender and Innovation in Central China’s Hui Muslim Contexts Maria Jaschok 4. The Worshiping of Chinggis Khan: Ethnicity, Nation-State, and Situational Relativity Naran Bilik 5. "Islamic Revival" in South Fujian: Through Lens of "Relocalization" Fan Ke 6. Quit Drinking and Start Singing: Being Christian among the Lisu of Southwest China Wu Keping 7. Multiple Modernity, Social Risk, and the Predicament of Folk Religion: Case Studies from the Dailue Ethnic Society in Southwest China Shen Haimei 8. Religious Revival in Tibet, China since the early 1980s Chen Bo 9. Superscription without Encompassment:Turning Gwer Sa La Festival into Intangible Cultural Heritage Liang Yongjia 10. Practicing and Marginalizing Mixin (Superstition): Religious Revival among the Zhuang People in China Kao Ya-ning 11. Religious Revival and De-Ethnicisation in the Ethnic Minority Regions of China Francis Lim 12. Married Lamas, Vanished Emperors, and Deserted Temples: Rebuilding the Puning Temple in Cheng De, North China Zhang Yahui 13. Tibetan Buddhist Heritage: Experiments in Re-Fusing Ethnicity and Religion Martin Saxer 14. Mapping Li(a)ngshan – The Changing Implications of Yi (Nuosu) Bimo Culture Olivia Kraef 15. Comments Prasenjit Duara
Liang Yongjia is a Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore