Modalities of doing religion and ritual polytropy: evaluating the religious market model from the perspective of Chinese religious history

  title={Modalities of doing religion and ritual polytropy: evaluating the religious market model from the perspective of Chinese religious history},
  author={Adam Yuet Chau},
  pages={547 - 568}
  • A. Chau
  • Published 1 December 2011
  • Philosophy
  • Religion
This article examines the Chinese religious landscape through the lenses of ‘modalities of doing religion’ and ‘ritual polytropy’ and explores the implications such different conceptualisations might bring to the religious-market model. It argues that in Chinese religious culture one can identify five modalities of doing religion (the scriptural/discursive, the self-cultivational, the liturgical, the immediate-practical and the relational), each cutting across broader, conceptually aggregated… 

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