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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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Blessed Are the Meat-Eaters

Blessed Are the Meat-Eaters

(p.146) Chapter 10 Blessed Are the Meat-Eaters
Borrowed Gods and Foreign Bodies

Eric Reinders

University of California Press

This chapter focuses on the efforts of missionaries to promote meat-eating in China. It explains that Buddhists in China have traditionally held that not eating meat is a religious meritorious form of fasting and that the association of Buddhism and a non-meat diet has been so strong that many Christian missionaries have felt the need to attack vegetarianism. The attacks on vegetarianism were made with reference to a series of religious associations connected to discourses on idolatry, anti-Catholicism, and religious conversion.

Keywords:   meat-eating, China, Buddhism, missionaries, vegetarianism, idolatry, anti-Catholicism, religious conversion

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