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White Lotus

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Author(s): ter Haar, Barend J.
1. ConceptThe White Lotus Rebellion conventionally denotes a wide but uncoordinated resistance movement that held sway for nine years (1796-1804) in the Chinese provinces of Shaanxi, Hunan, Hubei, and Sichuan, and that shook the Qing Empire (1644-1911) to its foundations. The term is not unproblematic, for it suggests a rebellious tradition reaching far back into history and supposedly growing out of secret lore of a religious kind. In fact, the “White Lotus” movement was not associated with religious groups of earlier eras that used the signum “White Lotus” (Chinese  bailian) as…
Date: 2023-11-14


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Author(s): Noack, Karoline | Rüther, Kirsten | ter Haar, Barend J.
1. Concept and historical contextThe Christian term millenarianism is etymologically derived from “millennium” (Latin:  millen(n)ium) – also known as chiliasm (from the Greek  chília, “thousand”), though its roots are within ancient Judaism. It covers a broad spectrum of expectations of salvation taking place in this world rather than in the heavenly afterlife [2]. The idea of a thousand-year interim kingdom unstained by evil, as developed in the Gospel of John, was anticipated by various prophecies in the Hebrew Scriptures (e.g. Isa 24-27, 65…
Date: 2020-04-06