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Foreign Bodies

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/9780520241718.003.0014
Foreign Bodies

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This chapter comments on Western missionaries' accounts of China and its people. It explains that though individual Chinese were described in positive terms, especially if they were converted, China as a whole was considered relentlessly dark, wicked, and irrational. It provides evidence against missionaries' criticisms on the inability of the Chinese to verbally articulate any reasoning for their religious practice, idolatry, and kowtow.

Keywords: Western missionaries; China; religious practice; idolatry; kowtow

Chapter.  6662 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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