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Reclaiming the WildernessContemporary Dynamics of the Yiguandao$
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Sébastien Billioud

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780197529133

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780197529133.001.0001

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The Production of Missionary-Adepts

The Production of Missionary-Adepts

(p.33) 1 The Production of Missionary-Adepts
Reclaiming the Wilderness

Sébastien Billioud

Oxford University Press

Chapter 1 introduces the notion or ideal-type of a missionary-adept in order to highlight the importance of proselytizing for Yiguandao adepts. The typical itinerary of the adept is detailed, with its different phases: initiation, participation to Dharma seminars (fahui), systematic training, and activities carried out in places of worship (fotang). These different elements illuminate the gradual process of increasing involvement of new adepts in the group up to the point where they ultimately become missionary-adepts. As an ideal-type, the missionary-adept points to an adept who embraces most of Yiguandao’s ideology, has turned vegetarian and has taken progressive commitments and responsibilities in the organization to the point where the religious perspective has become the prevailing driving force in his or her life. The latter is totally dedicated to the promotion of the Dao.

Keywords:   missionary-adept, initiation, Dharma seminar, fahui, training, proselytizing

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