After Migration and Religious Affiliation : Religions, by Chee-Beng Tan

By Chee-Beng Tan

It is a well timed ebook that fills the distance within the learn of chinese language in another country and their religions within the international context. wealthy in ethnographic fabrics, this is often the 1st accomplished ebook that exhibits the transnational spiritual networks one of the chinese language of other nationalities and among the chinese language in a foreign country and the areas in China. The e-book highlights assorted spiritual traditions together with chinese language well known faith, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam, and discusses inter-cultural affects on religions, their localization, their importance to cultural belonging, and the transnational nature of spiritual affiliations and networking.

Readership: students, postgraduate scholars and common public who're drawn to the research of chinese language abroad, really near to spiritual association.

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Ibid. indd 30 24-07-2014 11:08:06 b1751 After Migration and Religious Affiliation: Religions, Chinese Identities and Transnational Networks State and “Chinese Religions” in Indonesia 31 Buddhism As stated earlier, during the New Order, the Soeharto government attempted to intensify the assimilation of Chinese Indonesians into indigenous society by eradicating “Chinese cultural elements”. Chinese temples (klenteng) were considered as the manifestation of Chinese culture and hence had to be cleansed out.

Not surprisingly, the 1979 Congress of Agama Khonghucu did not get a permit and hence was unable to be convened. The impact of this decision was significant: The Confucian Religion was taken out of the school curriculum. All Confucians in the Indonesian identity card would be listed as “Buddhist”. Under this difficult situation, Confucians found ways and means in order to survive. A primary school in Surakarta (Solo) which is associated with the Confucius religious organization called UKS SD Tripusaka, for instance, had to adopt Hinduism as the official religion of the school (Suryadinata, 1998: 22) and teach Confucian religion outside school hours.

The organizers had chosen the route which passed the old Chinese houses, probably to justify their claim as Little China. The participants were told that they could leave the procession at any point, without having to return to the temple. In spite of the success of the event, nobody could tell whether it was going to be an annual event, in other words, whether the Tjoe An Kiong temple was going to take over the role of a mother temple. indd 15 24-07-2014 11:08:36 b1751 16 After Migration and Religious Affiliation: Religions, Chinese Identities and Transnational Networks After Migration and Religious Affiliation beings, the answer is in the casting of the divination, whereupon the deities will give their decision.

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