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Emily Humphreys10/3/18UDID: 702451792Response Paper 3In the case study “Women’s Writing, Women’s Religiosity, and Popular Religion in China” by Stephanie Balkwill it is explains how the county of Jiangyong practice a form of popular religion that is not only tied to geography but to gender. The women of this country worship a feminized deity known as “The Mother” or Niangnaing, more specifically one named in Daoism Gu Po. Furthermore the women of Jiangyong created their own version of Chinese characters that were used to write letters between other women within their community, called nu shu.The women in this country used nu shu to “express personal feelings of pity and resentment at thehard reality of living as a peasant woman usually in the form of lengthy laments about marriage, motherhood, filial demands, and widowhood. (Balkwill pg. 369)” Furthermore nu shu became more popular during the Late Imperial Era, where women’s lives were severely regulated under the patriarchal

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