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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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Babel Embodied

Babel Embodied

(p.89) Chapter 6 Babel Embodied
Borrowed Gods and Foreign Bodies

Eric Reinders

University of California Press

This chapter deals with views of the Chinese language as morally deficient or spiritually impotent. An example of spiritual importance is the mantras. The chapter explains that the repetition of these apparently meaningless sounds reminded missionaries of their heritage of polemics against Catholicism, Anglo-Catholicism, and the trend of ritualism. It analyzes how Protestant anti-Catholicism manifested itself in missionary accounts of China.

Keywords:   Chinese language, missionaries, mantras, Protestant anti-Catholicism, ritualism, Anglo-Catholicism

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