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Practicing ScriptureA Lay Buddhist Movement in Late Imperial China$
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Barend ter Haar

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824839277

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824839277.001.0001

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The Routinization of Charisma

The Routinization of Charisma

(p.151) 6 The Routinization of Charisma
Practicing Scripture

Barend J. ter Haar

University of Hawai'i Press

The late Ming was characterized by the appeal or charisma of individual teachers, such as Ying Ji’nan and Yao Wenyu (chapter 3) and other early teachers who often engaged in heated doctrinal discussions (chapter 4). During the Qing period, individual followers would still have religious discussions, but we are much less well informed on them. At the same time, we can trace the formation of formal institutions to transmit and protect the teachings. The Yao family became widely recognized as possessing the original charisma of their founder, Yao Wenyu. This came to an end only in the 1950s, as a result of fierce communist repression. Until then, persecutions had happened from time to time, but never succeeded in fundamentally uprooting the movement. Unknown individuals even produced a document that claimed that the Kangxi Emperor had provided the movement with the right to practice their religion freely.

Keywords:   charisma, religious persecution, freedom of religion

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