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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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Obeisance and Dis-obeisiance

Obeisance and Dis-obeisiance

(p.113) Chapter 8 Obeisance and Dis-obeisiance
Borrowed Gods and Foreign Bodies

Eric Reinders

University of California Press

This chapter explores the rigid refusal to bow in China. It describes this dis-obeisance as a constitutive part of Victorian Protestant identity and analyzes the reasons why deep obeisance was so viscerally repellant to so many Britons. It suggests that the visceral reactions to deep bowing were informed not just by religious identity but also by class and gender.

Keywords:   China, dis-obeisance, Victorian Protestant identity, Britons, deep bowing, religious identity, class, gender

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