- So excited to announce the publication of a new book in our Palgrave Macmillan book series “Asian Christianity in the Diaspora.”
This new book, Meaning and Controversy within Chinese Ancestor Religion, is written by Dr. Paulin Batairwa Kubuya. Please order the book here.
- Investigates the dynamics of interpretation behind ancestor related practices across cultural boundaries.
- Focuses on contrasting assessments by of ancestor practices by foreign interpreters.
- Offers detailed analysis int the discrepancies between indigenous and foreign interpretations.
About the Book
Chinese practices related to ancestors have long been the subject of conflicting interpretations. These practices are rooted in the lived experience of practitioners, and therefore need to be considered as embodied expressions of the quest for existential meaning. For practitioners, the achievement of existential meaning requires the inclusion, implication, and mediation of the ancestors. When gestures in ancestor rites are analyzed from this perspective it is possible to appreciate their essence as constitutive of “ancestor religion.” This book uses an inquisitive method that investigates the discrepancies between foreign and local explanations, and proposes another hermeneutic framework for ancestor related praxes.
About the Author
Paulin Batairwa Kubuya is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Fu Jen Catholic University and Executive Secretary of Taiwan Regional Bishops’ Conference-Commissions for Interreligious Dialogue and Ecumenism.
“Paulin Batairwa Kubuya builds a refined hermeneutical space in which he reconsiders various interpretations, both local and foreign, of ritual practices for the ancestors within the context of Chinese religion. By locating these practices in a wider intercultural setting, through the use of numerous examples drawn from Christian traditions and African religiosities, the book is a valid contribution, from an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective, that sheds new light on a complex, though fascinating, topic.” (Alessandro Dell’Orto, Urbaniana University Centre for Chinese Studies, Rome, Italy) “Meaning and Controversy in Chinese Ancestor Religion focuses on Chinese ancestor related praxes in the context of a hermeneutic of contacts between cultures and religions. It is an important contribution to the study of Chinese religion that will help all religious scholars to rediscover the subtleties and significance of ancestor related praxes.” (Yi-Jia Tsai, Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan)
“This is an indepth and diligent examination of issues of ancestor worship in China. It draws on the author’s critical reading and insights as an African intellectual. The whole book is thought-provoking, and the conclusion as well, when it states that ancestor worship is more correctly to be called ‘ancestor religion,’ and that it is here to stay even in the world of modernity.” (Umberto Bresciani, Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan)