R. Po‐chia Hsia

in A Jesuit in the Forbidden City

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199592258
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595622 | DOI:

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Covering the years 1583 to 1587, this chapter chronicles the earliest years of the Jesuit Mission in China. The success of Ruggieri and Ricci depended entirely on the good will of the mandarins, with whom they enjoyed a good rapport, especially with the magistrate Wang Pang. As a Buddhist, Wang Pang asked the Jesuits to dress in Buddhist garbs. The similarities of many Catholic and Buddhist doctrines and practices, and the fact that Ruggieri introduced the Jesuits as monks from India, caused some confusion among the Chinese. Many thought of the new western religion as a new sect of Buddhism. Meanwhile, Ricci focused on his geographic and scientific work, which began to attract the attention of the Chinese. Isolated from the common people, the Jesuits made very few converts and faced considerable local opposition.

Keywords: Wang Pang; Buddhism; Zhaoqing; conversion; Ruggieri

Chapter.  7857 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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