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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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Borrowed Gods

Borrowed Gods

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Borrowed Gods and Foreign Bodies

Eric Reinders

University of California Press

This chapter focuses on the Great Missionary Exhibition of 1909 in England titled “Africa and the East”. The exhibition was a huge undertaking which served to populate and furnish China in the British imagination. The British missionaries created educational displays of Chinese culture, public space and spirituality, and helped the good folk of England to picture Chinese bodies. This chapter also discusses the perception of Chinese religion in England.

Keywords:   Great Missionary Exhibition, China, British missionaries, Chinese culture, public space, spirituality, Chinese religion

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