Religion and Beliefs
How do Asian-based religious groups and movements make claims of religious universalism while emphasizing the “Asian” particularities of their religious orientations?
Our panels of eight papers aim to analyze this question with a main focus on three East Asian new religious movements: Caodaism, Daesoon Jinrihoe, and Weixin Shengjiao. They showcase eight papers that highlight the vitality, contention, and diversity in Asia-based religious movements during the 20th century.
Three common themes are interwoven across these papers: 1. Religious revelations and spiritual interpretations of millenarianism; 2. The competition for political recognition and material resources under the contexts of colonialism, nationalism, and border crossing; and 3. Religious efficacies for “bottom up” social, political, and economic transformations.