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Asian Christianity in the Diaspora

Meaning and Controversy within Chinese Ancestor Religion

Authors: Batairwa Kubuya, Paulin

    • Investigates the dynamics of interpretation behind ancestor related practices across cultural boundaries.
    • Focuses on contrasting assessments by of ancestor practices by foreign interpreters.
    • Offers detailed analysis int the discrepancies between indigenous and foreign interpretations.
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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 to 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.   

About the authors

Paulin Batairwa Kubuya is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Fu Jen Catholic University and Executive Secretary of Taiwan Regional Bishops' Conference-Commissions for Interreligious Dialogue and Ecumenism. 

Reviews

“Paulin Batairwa Kubuya builds a refined hermeneutical space in which he reconsiders various interpretations, both local and foreign, of ritual practices for the ancestors within the context of Chinese religion. By locating these practices in a wider intercultural setting, through the use of numerous examples drawn from Christian traditions and African religiosities, the book is a valid contribution, from an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective, that sheds new light on a complex, though fascinating, topic.” (Alessandro Dell’Orto, Urbaniana University Centre for Chinese Studies, Rome, Italy) “Meaning and Controversy in Chinese Ancestor Religion focuses on Chinese ancestor related praxes in the context of a hermeneutic of contacts between cultures and religions. It is an important contribution to the study of Chinese religion that will help all religious scholars to rediscover the subtleties and significance of ancestor related praxes.”  (Yi-Jia Tsai, Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan)

“This is an indepth and diligent examination of issues of ancestor worship in China. It draws on the author's critical reading and insights as an African intellectual. The whole book is thought-provoking, and the conclusion as well, when it states that ancestor worship is more correctly to be called ‘ancestor religion,’ and that it is here to stay even in the world of modernity.” (Umberto Bresciani, Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction: Are Ancestors a Problem?

    Batairwa Kubuya, Paulin

    Pages 1-9

  • The Hermeneutic Challenge of Ancestor-Related Practices

    Batairwa Kubuya, Paulin

    Pages 11-54

  • The Conflict of Interpretation of Chinese Ancestor Rites

    Batairwa Kubuya, Paulin

    Pages 55-124

  • “Our” Perspective: The Indigenous Explanation of Ancestor Rites

    Batairwa Kubuya, Paulin

    Pages 125-166

  • Existential Practical Hermeneutics of Ancestor Religion

    Batairwa Kubuya, Paulin

    Pages 167-210

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-70524-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $139.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-70523-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Meaning and Controversy within Chinese Ancestor Religion
Authors
Series Title
Asian Christianity in the Diaspora
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-70524-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-70524-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-70523-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 232
Number of Illustrations and Tables
3 b/w illustrations
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