6 Religion and Marriage: The Reconstruction of the Network of Marriage in a Catholic Community in Eastern Fujian Province

in Yearbook of Chinese Theology 2015
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This paper aims to discuss the relationship between the spreading of Catholicism and the changes of the Chinese lineage marriage network. By analysing the marriage conditions of the Feng lineage of the Shuangfeng Village, who live in the Middle of the Lian Brook in Fu’an county located in the east of Fujian Province, the author points out that when Catholicism gradually grew rooted in some of the rural lineages in the 18th century, it consequently brought a new comparatively stable lineage marriage network built on Catholic faith in an area. This kind of lineage marriage pattern built on Catholic belief at least challenged the relationship between the intermarriage circle and the market area in certain aspects. Thus, it’s shown that the influences of the social factors like religion on China’s lineage marriage network construction should not be underestimated.

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