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The souls of China : the return of religion after Mao / Ian Johnson.

By: Johnson, Ian, 1962 July 27- [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2017]Copyright date: ©2017Edition: First edition.Description: x, 455 pages ; 25 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781101870051; 1101870052; 9780241305270; 0241305276.Subject(s): China -- Religion -- 20th century | China -- Religion -- 21st centuryAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Souls of China.DDC classification: 200.951/09051
Contents:
Part 1. The moon year. Beijing: the tolling bell -- Ritual: the lost middle -- Shanxi: First night -- Chengdu: Long live Auntie Wei -- Part 2. Awakening of the insects. Ritual: awakening the past -- Beijing: You can't explain it -- Ritual: The caged master -- Practice: Learning to breathe -- Part 3. Clear and bright. Ritual: Martyrs -- Shanxi: The buried books -- Chengdu: Good Friday -- Beijing: Ascending the mountain -- Part 4. Summer harvest. Chengdu: Recitation -- Practice: Learning to walk -- Ritual: New star -- Beijing: The flower lady -- Shanxi: Source of the divine -- Part 5. Mid-autumn. Practice: Learning to sit -- Beijing: The sacred slum -- Ritual: The new leader -- Chengdu: The new Calvinists -- Part 6. Winter solstice. Practice: Following the moon -- Shanxi: City people -- Beijing: The great Hermit -- Ritual: Eastern lightning -- Chengdu: Searching for Jesus -- Part 7. Leap year. Ritual: The fragrant dream -- Chengdu: Entering the city -- Shanxi: Ghost burial -- Beijing: The wondrous peak -- Afterword: The search for heaven.
Summary: From the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist: a revelatory portrait of religion in China today its history, the spiritual traditions of its Eastern and Western faiths, and the ways in which it is influencing China s future. Following a century of violent antireligious campaigns, China is now awash with new temples, churches, and mosques as well as cults, sects, and politicians trying to harness religion for their own ends. Driving this explosion of faith is uncertainty over what it means to be Chinese, and how to live an ethical life in a country that discarded traditional morality a century ago and is still searching for new guideposts. Ian Johnson lived for extended periods with underground church members, rural Daoists, and Buddhist pilgrims. He has distilled these experiences into a cycle of festivals, births, deaths, detentions, and struggle a great awakening of faith that is shaping the soul of the world s newest superpower. (With black-and-white illustrations throughout).
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 421-430) and index.

Part 1. The moon year. Beijing: the tolling bell -- Ritual: the lost middle -- Shanxi: First night -- Chengdu: Long live Auntie Wei -- Part 2. Awakening of the insects. Ritual: awakening the past -- Beijing: You can't explain it -- Ritual: The caged master -- Practice: Learning to breathe -- Part 3. Clear and bright. Ritual: Martyrs -- Shanxi: The buried books -- Chengdu: Good Friday -- Beijing: Ascending the mountain -- Part 4. Summer harvest. Chengdu: Recitation -- Practice: Learning to walk -- Ritual: New star -- Beijing: The flower lady -- Shanxi: Source of the divine -- Part 5. Mid-autumn. Practice: Learning to sit -- Beijing: The sacred slum -- Ritual: The new leader -- Chengdu: The new Calvinists -- Part 6. Winter solstice. Practice: Following the moon -- Shanxi: City people -- Beijing: The great Hermit -- Ritual: Eastern lightning -- Chengdu: Searching for Jesus -- Part 7. Leap year. Ritual: The fragrant dream -- Chengdu: Entering the city -- Shanxi: Ghost burial -- Beijing: The wondrous peak -- Afterword: The search for heaven.

From the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist: a revelatory portrait of religion in China today its history, the spiritual traditions of its Eastern and Western faiths, and the ways in which it is influencing China s future. Following a century of violent antireligious campaigns, China is now awash with new temples, churches, and mosques as well as cults, sects, and politicians trying to harness religion for their own ends. Driving this explosion of faith is uncertainty over what it means to be Chinese, and how to live an ethical life in a country that discarded traditional morality a century ago and is still searching for new guideposts. Ian Johnson lived for extended periods with underground church members, rural Daoists, and Buddhist pilgrims. He has distilled these experiences into a cycle of festivals, births, deaths, detentions, and struggle a great awakening of faith that is shaping the soul of the world s newest superpower. (With black-and-white illustrations throughout).

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