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Falun Gong and the Future of China

David Ownby


This book treats Falun Gong as an example of one form of Chinese popular religion, and the core of the volume, based on a close reading of founder Li Hongzhi's writings and on fieldwork among Falun Gong practitioners in the Chinese diaspora in North America, offers a detailed description of the doctrine, practices, and appeal of Falun Dafa (the term practitioners use to describe their “cultivation practice”). It is argued that Falun Gong, and the larger qigong movement out of which Falun Gong emerged, should be understood as part of reform era China's religious revival and that the historical ... More

Keywords: Falun Gong, Falun Dafa, Li Hongzhi, popular religion, cultivation, qigong, redemptive societies, White Lotus, orthodoxy, heterodoxy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195329056
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195329056.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Ownby, author
University of Monreal
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