Tag Archives: Chinese Religion

Martial Arts and Religion in China

In the western world religion and culture are often seen as two separate but related things. Nowhere is this less true than in China. Contrary to culture in the west, Chinese popular religion and Chinese popular culture are in many ways one and the same. The concept of “religion” as it has been seen in […]



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American Buddhism: Spiritual Practice or Identity Theft?

In the 1960’s Americans began to integrate elements of Buddhist ideology into their philosophical beliefs, but many traditional Asian Buddhists would argue that these interpretations are missing out the fundamental aspects of achieving enlightenment. While American interpretations of Buddhism stray away from the traditional teachings of Buddhism, in the process they have opened more doors to […]



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Art of the Taoist Religion

This past semester I took Gods, Ghosts, and Ancestors with Professor Noonan and Shaking the Spirit with Professor Wehmeyer. In Shaking the Spirit we looked at lots of art from Haitian vodou and explored how art plays a role in the practice and celebration. In Gods, Ghosts, and Ancestors we looked at a variety of religions within China and their practices. Pairing these […]



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Ancestral Worship and Gender Imbalance in China

Recently, the One Child Policy that had existed in China for the past thirty-seven years was lifted, and now allows for Chinese couples to have more than just a single child.  In light of this, this paper will be examining the events that led up to the enacting of this policy, and relating those events […]



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Observing the Dragon

The year is 1973, on a Saturday night. You and a couple of your high school friends decide to head out to the local movie theatre. All of you are eager to see what has only been described as the “action packed blockbuster of the year” by local classmates. You get to the theatre, buy […]



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