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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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Metaphors of Mindlessness

Metaphors of Mindlessness

(p.39) Chapter 3 Metaphors of Mindlessness
Borrowed Gods and Foreign Bodies

Eric Reinders

University of California Press

This chapter shows how Chinese people were represented by Western missionaries as mindless and “body-ful”. It explains that this attitude of missionaries toward the foreign mind appears in various metaphors of mindlessness which pervade the earlier-nineteenth-century reportage on China. It mentions that the Chinese were also sometimes viewed as a dense homogenous mass of bodies, as unemotional and unimaginative and as liars with no higher moral conscience.

Keywords:   Chinese people, Western missionaries, mindlessness, foreign mind, China, moral conscience

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