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Chinese Religious Life$
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David A. Palmer, Glenn Shive, and Philip L. Wickeri

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199731398

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731398.001.0001

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Gender and Sexuality

Gender and Sexuality

(p.107) 6 Gender and Sexuality
Chinese Religious Life

C. Julia Huang

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This chapter considers some of the gender-specific dimensions of religious traditions in Chinese culture, understood through the dual prism of symbolic constructs and social practices. It emphasizes the nuanced influences of religious ideas and practices on the roles that men and women play in public life and explains how masculine and feminine roles have evolved. The chapter then discusses the important role of women in the revival of religions in contemporary China. The chapter concludes by considering the relationship between religion and masculinity in Chinese culture.

Keywords:   Taiwan, Daoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, gender, symbolism, masculinity, sexuality, femininity

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