Special Issue of Religions – « Funerary Rites in East Asian New Religious Movements ». Date limite : 31 décembre 2019

Guest Editors : Associate Prof. Jérémy Jammes (Universiti Brunei Darussalam) and Prof.  Lukas Pokorny (University of Vienna)

A hotbed of new religious developments, East Asia (China/Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Vietnam) provides an exciting research arena for specialists of new religious movements (NRMs). This Special Issue assembles pioneering scholarship on an extremely under-researched subject in the study of East Asian NRMs, namely funerary rites. Many East Asian NRMs embrace very distinctive elements in their funerary culture and thought. This Special Issue will offer a panorama of these original funerary traditions.

Contributions (between 7,000-10,000 words) may adhere to the suggested structure below:

1) Brief overall introduction to the respective NRM;

2) Discussion of the doctrinal context of the respective funeral service (i.e., the theory);

3) Description of the funeral service (incl. subsequent rites) in action and its original place in the society (i.e., the practice);

4) Discussion of the specific role of funeral rites in the respective NRM, including, if appropriate, some comparative reflections vis-à-vis the funerary context of the parent tradition.

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019

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