Meaning and Controversy within Chinese Ancestor Religion

  • Paulin Batairwa Kubuya

Part of the Asian Christianity in the Diaspora book series (ACID)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Paulin Batairwa Kubuya
    Pages 1-9
  3. Paulin Batairwa Kubuya
    Pages 11-54
  4. Paulin Batairwa Kubuya
    Pages 55-124
  5. Paulin Batairwa Kubuya
    Pages 167-210
  6. Paulin Batairwa Kubuya
    Pages 211-217
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 219-232

About this book


Chinese practices related to ancestors have long been the subject of conflicting interpretations. These practices are rooted in the lived experience of practitioners, and therefore need be considered as embodied expressions of the quest for existential meaning. For practitioners, the achievement of existential meaning requires the inclusion, implication, and mediation of the ancestors. When gestures in ancestor rites are analyzed from this perspective it is possible to appreciate their essence as constitutive of “ancestor religion.” This book uses an inquisitive method that investigates the discrepancies between foreign and local explanations, and proposes another hermeneutic framework for ancestor related praxes.   


De Groot Granet Jestice Chu Hsi Confucianism Matteo Ricci

Authors and affiliations

  • Paulin Batairwa Kubuya
    • 1
  1. 1.Fu Jen Catholic UniversityTaipeiTaiwan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-70523-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-70524-8
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