Dreams and conversions: a comparative analysis of catholic and Buddhist dreams in Ming and Qing China: Part I

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Abstract

Since the Church fathers, oneirology and dream revelations were regarded with considerable suspicion among theologians and ecclesiastical authorities, though dreams remained a powerful and pervasive feature of religious expression at a popular level. Among converts in Ming-Qing China, where lay initiatives were necessarily important given the paucity of European priests, holy dreams were crucial in the formation and consolidation of a powerful religious subculture. The following is a version of the keynote address delivered at the Fourth Biennial Meeting of the Religious History Society, in July 2004 in Newcastle, Australia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-240
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Religious History
Volume29
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History
  • Religious studies

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