The Religious Life of Ethnic Minority Communities

Philip L. Wickeri and Yik-fai Tam

in Chinese Religious Life

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199731398
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199914487 | DOI:
The Religious Life of Ethnic Minority Communities

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This chapter discusses the wide range of religious beliefs and practices among the minority communities of China. It begins by considering the problematic nature of ethnic categorizations in China and the role of politics and economic changes in shaping ethnic identity and religious revivals. Case studies then present the examples of the indigenous Dongba shamanism of the Naxi, the Buddhism of the Tibetans, Islam among the Uyghur, and the Christianity of the Miao.

Keywords: ethnicity; identity; Tibetan; Uyghur; Miao; Naxi; Shamanism; Tibetan Buddhism; Islam; Christianity

Chapter.  7499 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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