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The Modern Spirit of AsiaThe Spiritual and the Secular in China and India$
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Peter van der Veer

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691128146

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691128146.001.0001

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The Spiritual Body

The Spiritual Body

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The Modern Spirit of Asia
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Peter van der Veer

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691128146.003.0007

This chapter considers how, in the current phase of globalization, there is a fast spread of forms of evangelical and charismatic Christianity as well as pietistic Islam. While much attention is given to the rise of these so-called fundamentalist forms of world religion, the globalization of Asian forms of spirituality has escaped analytical scrutiny. One reason for this is the false assumption that the spiritual is not political. Eastern spirituality is often perceived to transcend secular reality as well as the problems of institutionalized religion. The chapter points to a few Indian and Chinese instances of spirituality that are clearly political. In most places in the world one can follow courses in yoga and qi gong. These forms of Indian and Chinese spirituality have gone global, but they are still connected to national identities.

Keywords:   Indian spirituality, India, Chinese spirituality, India, China, globalization, Christianity, Islam, institutionalized religion, yoga, qi gong

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