Handbook on Religion in China
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Handbook on Religion in China

Edited by Stephan Feuchtwang

Informative and eye-opening, the Handbook on Religion in China provides a uniquely broad insight into the contemporary Chinese variations of Buddhism, Islam and Christianity. In turn, China's own religions and transmissions of rites and systems of divination have spread beyond China, a progression that is explored in detail across 19 chapters, written by leading experts in the field.
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Chapter 3: Remaking the self: spirituality, civilization and the Chinese quest for the good life in the reform era

Anna Iskra, Fabian Winiger and David A. Palmer

Abstract

Self-cultivation, both spiritual and physical, but practiced neither as a member of a religious organization nor as formal ritual, is the subject of this chapter. It describes key examples, the exercise of qi forces’ circulation and concentration, including Falonggong, Crazy English language studies by public shouting, success studies in business and by employees, and body–heart–soul health cultivation. They are examples of crazes, or ‘fevers’, that exist as networks of meetings and their charismatic gurus. Their popularity is the counterpart and at degrees of variance from that promoted by governmental campaigns, starting with socialist spiritual civilization and the raising of the quality of the population.

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