The Globalization of Chinese Religions and Traditions

Richard Madsen and Elijah Siegler

in Chinese Religious Life

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199731398
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199914487 | DOI:
The Globalization of Chinese Religions and Traditions

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Chinese religions are now practiced throughout the world. Carried by Chinese migrants, they have for centuries served to establish the ethnic identity of communities throughout the Chinese diaspora. In more recent years, however, Chinese religions have been disseminated far beyond the boundaries of Chinese ethnic communities, as increasing numbers of non-Chinese adopt Chinese spiritual practices and adapt them to their own culture. The confluence of Asian and Western religious cultures thus swirls in dynamic feedback loops. Chinese religions are both contributors to and recipients of a global search for transcendence.

Keywords: religion; diaspora; immigration; ethnicity

Chapter.  6414 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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