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by transforming the entire allegory into a piece of traditional Chinese shidiao (時調 popular tune) in twelve stanzas, sung by one of the characters in the novel. By itself, the invocation of shidiao exhibits the hybridity of multiple religious expressions, with the Confucian, Buddhist and Daoist

In: Literary Representations of Christianity in Late Qing and Republican China

the constraints of the Chinese cultural, religious, and political contexts. And it is fair to say that these intriguing and original sources exhibit an extraordinary legacy of the hybridity and heteroglossia of the folkloric traditions in modern China, which in turn reflect direct or subtle Christian

In: Literary Representations of Christianity in Late Qing and Republican China

contextures.” 95 Instead of a wholesale replacement of Buddhism by Christianity, Mission to Heaven has been transformed into a kind of hybrid text: on the one hand having the flavor of Buddhist implications of the original novel, and on the other infiltrating with the Christian references in the target

In: Literary Representations of Christianity in Late Qing and Republican China

men. In so doing, a hybrid text is created in Story of Demon Banishing by the juxtaposition of different biblical passages. Another point of interest is concerned with the temporary release of Satan. According to Revelation 20, Satan will be loosed merely once till the thousand years should be

In: Literary Representations of Christianity in Late Qing and Republican China