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The Judaisms of Kaifeng and Cochin: Parallel and Divergent Styles of Religious Acculturation

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This comparative study of the religious life of the Jewish communities of Kaifeng, China, and Cochin, India, contributes to our understanding the mechanisms by which a religion becomes acculturated into its environment. Borrowing the metaphor of foregrounding/backgrounding from Gestalt psychology, both the plasticity and tenacity of Judaism are emphasized.


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Affiliations: 1: Dept. of Philosophy and Religion Florida International University Miami, Florida 33199, USA


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