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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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Gods of the Lump

Gods of the Lump

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(p.63) Chapter 4 Gods of the Lump
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Borrowed Gods and Foreign Bodies
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Eric Reinders

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520241718.003.0004

This chapter focuses on the metaphor of the body used by Western missionaries to describe the Chinese people. It explains that missionary accounts of Chinese practicing their religion were described as crowds of materialists absorbed in the world of their bodily senses and even the vigor of Chinese religious practices was explained as sensual, materialistic, and herd-like. The Chinese were imagined by Westerners as captives of their senses, addicted to their sensuality, obsessed with their worldly desires.

Keywords:   Chinese people, metaphor, Western missionaries, religion, materialists, bodily senses, religious practices, sensuality

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