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The Shaolin MonasteryHistory, Religion, and the Chinese Martial Arts$
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Meir Shahar

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824831103

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824831103.001.0001

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Suspect Rebels

Suspect Rebels

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(p.182) Chapter 7 Suspect Rebels
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The Shaolin Monastery
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Meir Shahar

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824831103.003.0007

This chapter narrates the desolation of the Shaolin Temple by the Manchu during the Qing dynasty. In particular, it discusses how a handful of martial monks had escaped to the South of China, where they established a secret society for the purpose of “overthrowing the Qing and restoring the Ming” (fan Qing fu Ming). Flaunting an overtly anti-Manchu ideology, this society had been variously engaged in mutual aid and in criminal activities, which led to repeated armed clashes with the state. The story of Shaolin's downfall and the rebellion of its monks has been variously approached by scholars—some have emphasized its communality with the messianic lore of millenarian sects, while others have highlighted its indebtedness to popular narratives such as Water Margin.

Keywords:   Shaolin Temple, anti-Manchu ideology, Water Margin, martial monks, Manchu, Qing dynasty, fan Qing fu Ming

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