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Yiguandao’s Patriarch Zhang Tianran: Hagiography, Deification, and Production of Charisma in a Modern Religious Organization

Sébastien Billioud

in Making Saints in Modern China

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2016
ISBN:
9780190494568
eISBN:
9780190494582
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190494568.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter chronicles the life of Zhang Tianran, the Republican-period leader of China’s most successful redemptive society, Yiguandao (the Unity Way). In the 1930s and 1940s, Zhang presided over ... More


Production of Charisma Within the Yiguandao

Sébastien Billioud

in Reclaiming the Wilderness: Contemporary Dynamics of the Yiguandao

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
August 2020
ISBN:
9780197529133
eISBN:
9780197529164
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197529133.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, World Religions

Yiguandao’s Patriarch Zhang Tianran (1889–1947) managed to turn a small sectarian movement into a mass organization with millions of adepts. Although he passed away in 1947, his charisma did not ... More


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