Chapter

Babel Embodied

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/9780520241718.003.0006
Babel Embodied

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This chapter deals with views of the Chinese language as morally deficient or spiritually impotent. An example of spiritual importance is the mantras. The chapter explains that the repetition of these apparently meaningless sounds reminded missionaries of their heritage of polemics against Catholicism, Anglo-Catholicism, and the trend of ritualism. It analyzes how Protestant anti-Catholicism manifested itself in missionary accounts of China.

Keywords: Chinese language; missionaries; mantras; Protestant anti-Catholicism; ritualism; Anglo-Catholicism

Chapter.  4436 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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