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Ning Hao’s <i>Incense</i>: A Curious Tale of Earthly Buddhism

Xiaoping Lin

in Chinese Ecocinema

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9789622090866
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206724 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622090866.003.0013
Ning Hao’s Incense: A Curious Tale of Earthly Buddhism

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This chapter analyzes Ning Hao's film Incense, a heavy yet humorous film about the adventures of an impoverished Buddhist monk who tries to preserve his temple and etch out a living for himself in a modernizing secular world that has no use for religion. It examines Incense as a film text which deconstructs “earthly Buddhism,” especially its current efforts to adapt to China's economic reforms and capitalist globalization.

Keywords: Ning Hao; Incense; religion; Buddhism; economic reforms; globalization

Chapter.  9452 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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