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Sax, William

All cultures are characterized by medical pluralism, that is, by a situation where multiple forms of healing exist side by side. The health system of South Asia is especially pluralistic, with a wide variety of healers and healing traditions. This is partly due to the sheer number of different

Asia in the Making of Christianity

Conversion, Agency, and Indigeneity, 1600s to the Present


Edited by Richard Fox Young and Jonathan A. Seitz

Drawing on first person accounts, Asia in the Making of Christianity studies conversion in the lives of Christians throughout Asia, past and present. Fifteen contributors treat perennial questions about conversion: continuity and discontinuity, conversion and communal conflict, and the politics of conversion. Some study individuals (An Chunggŭn of Korea, Liang Fa of China, Nehemiah Goreh of India), while others treat ethnolinguistic groups or large-scale movements. Converts sometimes appear as proto-nationalists, while others are suspected of cultural treason. Some transition effortlessly from leadership in one religious community into Christian ministry, while others re-convert to new forms of Christianity. The accounts collected here underscore the complexity of conversion, balancing individual agency with broader social trends and combining micro- with macrocontextual approaches.

Fenggang Yang and J. E. E. Pettit

encouraging followers to cry frequently during worship (earning the nickname “the criers”). However, the group has also been characterized as noncharismatic on the basis of conversations with sect members. 15 Although the All Scope Church emphasizes healing and the power of the Holy Spirit, they only rarely

Fenggang Yang and J. E. E. Pettit

ashes of specific talismans to heal disease; 5) clenching the fists to hold qi within the body and prevent it from leaking out. 62 PHOTO 8 The spring tea ceremony at Pinggu in Beijing’s Lehe town. Credit: Zheng Zeng. These cultivation techniques are the preliminary and preparatory stages of advanced

Narayanan, Vasudha

The term “vāstuśāstra” as used today refers to the knowledge and practice of the choosing an appropriate piece of land; planning towns, gardens, and parks, as well as constructing religious, domestic, healing, royal, defense, business, and recreational structures; the placement of various built