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Gods of the Lump

Eric Reinders

in Borrowed Gods and Foreign Bodies

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780520241718
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520931084 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520241718.003.0004
Gods of the Lump

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This chapter focuses on the metaphor of the body used by Western missionaries to describe the Chinese people. It explains that missionary accounts of Chinese practicing their religion were described as crowds of materialists absorbed in the world of their bodily senses and even the vigor of Chinese religious practices was explained as sensual, materialistic, and herd-like. The Chinese were imagined by Westerners as captives of their senses, addicted to their sensuality, obsessed with their worldly desires.

Keywords: Chinese people; metaphor; Western missionaries; religion; materialists; bodily senses; religious practices; sensuality

Chapter.  3227 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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