Gender and Sexuality

C. Julia Huang, Elena Valussi and David A. Palmer

in Chinese Religious Life

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199731398
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199914487 | DOI:
Gender and Sexuality

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This chapter considers some of the gender-specific dimensions of religious traditions in Chinese culture, understood through the dual prism of symbolic constructs and social practices. It emphasizes the nuanced influences of religious ideas and practices on the roles that men and women play in public life and explains how masculine and feminine roles have evolved. The chapter then discusses the important role of women in the revival of religions in contemporary China. The chapter concludes by considering the relationship between religion and masculinity in Chinese culture.

Keywords: Taiwan; Daoism; Buddhism; Confucianism; gender; symbolism; masculinity; sexuality; femininity

Chapter.  8215 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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