Shout Out 2: Jessica Linton

Shout out this week to the hierarchical structure of traditional China and how this control laid the groundwork for the following attempts to control religion even today. Reading the article by Myron L. Cohen this week about the effect of Chinese religious practices on both traditional and modern everyday life was eye-opening. It shows that even though the government has used many measures throughout history to try and curtail the effect of religion on society, religion still has a very strong influence on the Chinese population. Whether it be organized religion such as Buddhism or Taoism or simply ancestor worship, these practices affect the daily lives of people in China. From religious persecution to identifying gods with political figures (the emperor or other high-ranking government officials), Cohen seems to agree with Yu that the Chinese government has never truly been completely neutral on the issue of religion, nor can they be if they wish to keep their authority.

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