ASIAN 480 - Topics in Asian Studies
Section: 003 Chinese Popular Religion
Term: FA 2007
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
Credits:
3
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Theme
Repeatability:
May be elected four times for credit.
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The religious landscape of contemporary China is filled with surprises around every corner, from the dramatic revival of all forms of religious practice in the past few years to the appearance of small shrines in restaurants and the religious veneration of Mao. While these practices are clearly related to the social and economic changes brought by modernity, they should not be dismissed as aberrant “commercialized” practices that depart from “pure” traditional religious movements like Buddhism, Daoism, and Confucianism. Popular practices have long been intertwined with those “official” religions and have been actively supported and propagated in modern Chinese religious institutions. This course will trace the historical development of Chinese religions (including their doctrinal positions) in relationship to popular movements — from early folk religion through the recent resurgence of “religion” in modern China. Some of the main themes that will be covered in this course include: the yearly festival calendar, veneration of ancestors, exorcism and spirit possession, beliefs in ghosts and fantastic demons, conceptions of religious time and space, pilgrimage, religion and healing, the effects of modernity on new religious movements, and religion and the modern Chinese state. This course provides a critical survey of these main themes in the history of Chinese popular religion. The primary aim of this course is to reconsider the nature of the Chinese religious landscape and look closely at the religious characteristics of what Chinese people do, even if those practices do not fall neatly within the accepted categories of what the “state” has determined as “orthodox” religion.

ASIAN 480 - Topics in Asian Studies
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001 (SEM)
P
22637
Open
6
 
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W 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: First class meeting will be held in Room 6000 of the South Thayer Building
002 (SEM)
P
21351
Open
14
 
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Tu 11:00AM - 2:00PM
Note: First class meeting will be held in Room 6000 of the South Thayer Building
003 (SEM)
P
24028
Open
11
 
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W 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: First class meeting will be held in Room 5000 of the South Thayer Building
004 (SEM)
P
24029
Closed
0
 
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Tu 3:00PM - 5:00PM
W 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Th 11:00AM - 12:00PM
005 (SEM)
P
26318
Closed
0
 
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MTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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