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Blessed Are the Meat-Eaters

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/9780520241718.003.0010
Blessed Are the Meat-Eaters

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This chapter focuses on the efforts of missionaries to promote meat-eating in China. It explains that Buddhists in China have traditionally held that not eating meat is a religious meritorious form of fasting and that the association of Buddhism and a non-meat diet has been so strong that many Christian missionaries have felt the need to attack vegetarianism. The attacks on vegetarianism were made with reference to a series of religious associations connected to discourses on idolatry, anti-Catholicism, and religious conversion.

Keywords: meat-eating; China; Buddhism; missionaries; vegetarianism; idolatry; anti-Catholicism; religious conversion

Chapter.  10612 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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