Progress Report

For this last section of the semester, we focused on the development of a Christian cult as we read Cult of the Saints. I enjoyed all the parallels we could draw between early Christianity and some of the Chinese customs that we’d talked about previously, like ancestor worship and things of that nature. I also really liked being able to talk to someone actually on the ground in China studying the things we’ve been talking about in class. It was interesting to get her take on some of the situations that we’ve been wondering about ourselves, such as how the different religions interact and how the traditional Chinese practices can adapt to the modern world. Being able to take a broader look at the religious landscape in China allows one to look at the specific religions with a different scope – you don’t just see the religion or practice on its own. Rather, you see how this specific practice interacts with other religions or practices to create a unique aspect of a part of Chinese culture.

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