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Unformatted text preview: Brittany Fleer EALC 130 Chinese Popular Religion The common American view of many popular religions such as Chinese popular religion is that it is primitive, uneducated, and most of all simplistic. Aspects of Chinese popular religion are often mocked or taken with an at best vaguely interested attitude. Yet Chinese popular religion is a thriving, complex entity. In the movie Blood, Bones, and Spirit the viewer is introduced to a main aspect of Chinese popular religion almost immediately: shamanism. Shamans are important bridges to the spirit world, people who are capable of crossing over or “pulling” spirits to their bodies to speak to those seated at the séance. But that is not a shaman’s only job. He also provides help to the people who must comply with the spirits. If a re-burial is needed, as in the movie, if an ancestor is troubling the family, which was also seen in the movie, or if the people are interested in their own futures, such as the people who gather at Fatty’s...
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- Spring '06
- Anthropology of religion, Chinese Popular Religion