This groundbreaking book surveys the entire history of popular religious sects in Chinese history. “Publish this Book!” is the unequivocal recommendation taken from the peer reviews.
In part one the reader will find a thorough treatment of the formation of the notions of orthodoxy and heterodoxy in the contexts of Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism.
Chronologically organized, the work continues to deal with each new religious movement; its teachings, scriptures, social organisation, and political significance.
The discussions on the patterns laid bare and on the dynamics of popular religious movements in Chinese society, make this book indispensable for all those who wish to gain a true understanding of the mechanics of
Popular religious movements in historical and contemporary China.
Hubert Seiwert, Dr.phil. (1978), Bonn University, is Professor of Comparative Religion at Leipzig University. He has published widely on theoretical issues, new religious movements, and Chinese religions including
Volksreligion und nationale Tradition in Taiwan (Stuttgart, 1985).
'…a valuable volume which advances considerably our understanding of an important aspect of Chinese religious history." – David Ownby, in:
The Journal of Asian Studies "…offering for the first time in a European language a comprehensive survey of sectarian movements in Chinese religious historym, from the Han to the late Qing dynasties … Seiwert’s book lays a foundation for understanding the overall historical development of Chinese sectarianism … an indispensable reference for students of Chinese popular religion." – David A. Palmer, in:
Études chinoises, 2003
All those interested in Chinese religions and history, popular culture during the Ming and Qing dynasties, and the sociology of new religious movements.