A History for Falun Gong: Popular Religion and the Chinese State Since the Ming Dynasty

  title={A History for Falun Gong: Popular Religion and the Chinese State Since the Ming Dynasty},
  author={David Ownby},
  journal={Nova Religio},
  • D. Ownby
  • Published 1 April 2003
  • History
  • Nova Religio
This article seeks to place Falun Gong - and the larger qigong movement from which it emerged - into the long-term context of the history of Chinese popular religion from the midMing (1368-1644) to the present. The argument developed is that Falun Gong and qigong are twentieth-century elaborations of a set of historical popular religious traditions generally labeled by scholars as "White Lotus Sectarianism." This article attempts both to look forward at the Falun Gong from a perspective… 

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