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Reclaiming the Wilderness: Contemporary Dynamics of the Yiguandao

Sébastien Billioud


The Yiguandao (Way of Pervading Unity) was one of the major redemptive societies of Republican China. It is nowadays one of the largest and most influential religious movements of the Chinese world and at the same time one of the least known and understood. From its powerful base in Taiwan, it develops worldwide, including in Mainland China, where it nevertheless remains officially forbidden. Based on extensive ethnographic work carried out over nearly a decade, Reclaiming the Wilderness explores the expansionary dynamics of this group and its regional circulations such as they can be primaril ... More

Keywords: Yiguandao, redemptive societies, new religious movements, Chinese religions, cross-strait relations, Taiwan issue, Confucianism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780197529133
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197529133.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sébastien Billioud, author
Professor of Chinese Studies, Université de Paris