Meaning and Controversy within Chinese Ancestor Religion

Chinese practices related to ancestors have long been the subject of conflicting interpretations. These practices are rooted in the lived experience of practitioners, and therefore need be considered as embodied expressions of the quest for existential meaning. For practitioners, the achievement of...

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Main Author: Batairwa Kubuya, Paulin
Format: Electronic Book
Language:English
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Published: Cham Palgrave Macmillan 2018
Series/Journal:Asian Christianity in the Diaspora
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Springer eBook Collection Religion and Philosophy
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B China / Ancestor cult / Ritual / Cult of the dead / Comparison of religions
Further subjects:B China History
B Religious Studies
B Religion
B Ethnology Asia
B Religions
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Parallel Edition:Electronic
Printed edition: 9783319705231
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Summary:Chinese practices related to ancestors have long been the subject of conflicting interpretations. These practices are rooted in the lived experience of practitioners, and therefore need be considered as embodied expressions of the quest for existential meaning. For practitioners, the achievement of existential meaning requires the inclusion, implication, and mediation of the ancestors. When gestures in ancestor rites are analyzed from this perspective it is possible to appreciate their essence as constitutive of “ancestor religion.” This book uses an inquisitive method that investigates the discrepancies between foreign and local explanations, and proposes another hermeneutic framework for ancestor related praxes.   
CH 1 Introduction: Are Ancestors a Problem? -- CH 2 The Hermeneutic Problem within Ancestor Related Practices -- CH 3 The Conflict of Interpretation of Chinese Ancestor Rites -- CH 4 “Our ” Perspective: Indigenous Explanation of Ancestor Rites -- CH 5 Existential Practical Hermeneutic of Ancestor Religion -- CH 6 Conclusion.       
ISBN:3319705245
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-70524-8