The Concept of Soul in Chinese Folk Religion

  title={The Concept of Soul in Chinese Folk Religion},
  author={Stevan Harrell},
  journal={The Journal of Asian Studies},
  pages={519 - 528}
  • S. Harrell
  • Published 1 May 1979
  • Philosophy, Sociology
  • The Journal of Asian Studies
Abstract While all variants of Chinese religion assume the existence of one or more “souls” (ling-hun), very little has been said about what these “souls” are or how the concept varies from one religious tradition to another. This article explores the “soul” in the folk variant of Chinese religion, arguing that while the “soul” may be conceived as multiple in abstract, theoretical discussions, people actually behave as if the “soul” were a single entity. To show what this entity is, the… 

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