Week 12 Wrap-Up

As CIT South Bend moves into the more advanced stages of its video project, we are narrowing in on one suspect to bring the class full circle: Falun Gong. From Lagerway’s concept of China as a religious space to the idea of religiogenesis, Falun Gong fits the mold. We are using it as a means to express the idea of religion in China as a whole. The way in which it combines traditional Chinese practices of exercises and healing with ideas of morality and virtue encompasses many of the values of Eastern and Western-eastern religions and “Zongjiao’s.” Li Hongzhi’s practice has changed the face of religion around the world, but serves as a solid lens through which an outsider can try to understand just how religion functions as an integral part of everyday life in China.

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