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Title: Chinese traditional sects in modern society : a case study of Yiguan Dao
Other Titles: Dang dai she hui zhong de Zhongguo chuan tong jiao pai : Yi guan dao yan jiu
Yi guan dao yan jiu
當代社會中的中國傳統教派 : 一貫道研究
Authors: Lu, Yunfeng (盧云峰)
Department: Dept. of Applied Social Studies
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: City University of Hong Kong
Subjects: Cults -- China
Cults -- Taiwan
Yi guan dao (Cult)
Notes: CityU Call Number: BL1943.I35 L83 2005
Includes bibliographical references (leaves 283-300)
Thesis (Ph.D.)--City University of Hong Kong, 2005
viii, 300 leaves ; 30 cm.
Type: Thesis
Abstract: This study extends the religious economy model to analyzing the operation of Yiguan Dao, a modern successor of Chinese traditional sects. At the individual level, this thesis proposes that the reasons for people’s conversion to Yiguan Dao are a complex of individual rationality, missionary efforts and state suppression. This study also finds that religious experiences, which are deeply personal phenomena, are also influenced by competition in the religious markets. At the group level, this research reveals that Yiguan Dao tried its best to fight against schismatic tendencies, update its theological explanations, and reform its organizational structure to make the sect more theology-centered and more organizationally stabilized, after the sect gained its legal status in 1987. On the macro level, this research analyzes the Chinese religious markets in which Yiguan Dao is located, arguing that Chinese sects bridge, and at the same time are shaped by, the popular religion and the three religions, namely Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism. Thus, this in-depth study of Yiguan Dao illuminates important aspects of Chinese sects in the modern society.
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