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Borrowed Gods and Foreign BodiesChristian Missionaries Imagine Chinese Religion$
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Eric Reinders

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520241718

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520241718.001.0001

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Foreign Bodies

Foreign Bodies

(p.205) Chapter 14 Foreign Bodies
Borrowed Gods and Foreign Bodies

Eric Reinders

University of California Press

This chapter comments on Western missionaries' accounts of China and its people. It explains that though individual Chinese were described in positive terms, especially if they were converted, China as a whole was considered relentlessly dark, wicked, and irrational. It provides evidence against missionaries' criticisms on the inability of the Chinese to verbally articulate any reasoning for their religious practice, idolatry, and kowtow.

Keywords:   Western missionaries, China, religious practice, idolatry, kowtow

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