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Borrowed Gods and Foreign Bodies: Christian Missionaries Imagine Chinese Religion

Eric Reinders

Abstract

To the Victorians, the Chinese were invariably “inscrutable”. The meaning and provenance of this impression—and, most importantly, its workings in nineteenth-century Protestant missionary encounters with Chinese religion—are at the center of this book, which looks at how missionaries' religious identity, experience, and physical foreignness produced certain representations of China between 1807 and 1937. The book first introduces the imaginative world of Victorian missionaries and outlines their application of mind-body dualism to the dualism of self and other. It then explores Western views o ... More

Keywords: Victorians, religious identity, Protestant missionary, Chinese religion, mind-body dualism, ritual language, kowtow

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780520241718
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520241718.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eric Reinders, author