Anthropology and the Study of Christianity in China

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Anthropological study of religion is usually understood as a study on "local or tribal religion", and it primarily involves field researches about contemporay situations. These impressions are partly true, especially in history, while becoming more questionable since more anthropologists focused their researches on the so-called World Relgions, such as Islam, Buddhism, and Christianity. In terms of the study of Christianity in China, this article will propose a possible approach from an anthropological perspective based on the experience of the author as an anthropologist.

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