Special Issue "Funerary Rites in East Asian New Religious Movements"

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Lukas Pokorny

Department of Religious Studies, University of Vienna, Schenkenstraße 8-10 1010 Vienna, Austria
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Interests: millenarianism; new religious movements; Confucianism; new and alternative religions in Central Europe
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Jérémy Jammes

Institute of Asian Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Jalan Tungku Link, BE1410, Brunei
Interests: Comparative religions, Caodaism, Christianity, spirit-mediumship, conversion, missionary, material religion, religious networks in Southeast Asia

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

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.

A number of scholars have already committed to this project, however, we do still welcome additional contributions. Enquiries should be sent to [email protected]. The submission deadline is 31 December 2019.

Prof. Dr. Lukas Pokorny
Prof. Dr. Jérémy Jammes
Guest Editors

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  • new religious movements
  • East Asia
  • funerary rites
  • death rituals
  • mourning
  • passage rites

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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