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Convention And Conversion

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The overseas missionary activities of the Protestant Dutch Reformed Church under the auspices of the Company have been seen as a new engagement of a 'commercial church' or a 'missionary enterprise'. This chapter approaches the Formosan perception of and experience with Christianity, introduced through the missionary efforts of the Dutch Reformed Church in the core area, and by the Spanish Roman Catholic Church in northern Taiwan, where Dutch missionaries later faced a new challenge from the 'Christian Formosans'. Since the Siraya were more intensely involved in Dutch missionary work than the other Formosans, the history of the Sirayan conversion is the focus of the following discussion. First, it is necessary to record the Sirayan religious world.

Keywords: Dutch; Formosa; Sirayan conversion; Taiwan



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