New Religions in East Asia

Michael Pye

in The Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9780195369649
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 New Religions in East Asia

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This article surveys East Asian new religions through a discussion of specific new religious movements (NRMs) in China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. Without diminishing the uniqueness of each culture, these countries share a common cultural heritage from China which makes their attitudes toward new religions different from those of the West. However, like their counterparts in the West, East Asian NRMs embody a bewildering variety of ideals and opposing tendencies.

Keywords: new religious movements; China; Japan; Korea; Vietnam

Article.  10752 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Alternative Belief Systems ; Interfaith Relations

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