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Definitions Of Religion In China

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Some of the early pioneers of Chinese ethnography and anthropology produced subtle and nuanced ethnographic accounts of Han Chinese communities in the 1930's and 1940's which covered ritual aspects of communal life. The concept of a system of Chinese religion developed by the anthropologists was a structural-functionalist one. Anthropology in China itself has focused primarily on questions of urbanization and the modernization of the peasant way of life. There is a striking absence of cultural anthropological research on local communal ritual traditions of the Han Chinese. Western studies of Chinese religion have also foundered over questions of defining the field of study. Most religious studies programs are prepared to introduce religious dimensions of Confucianism, but many universities delegate Confucian studies to philosophy or East Asian Studies. Many Chinese scholars have attempted in response to develop a more comprehensive and inclusive, not to say harmonious, approach to religious studies.

Keywords: Chinese anthropology; Chinese ethnography; Chinese religion; Han Chinese communities; ritual traditions



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