Falun Gong

Spiritual Warfare and Martyrdom

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James R. Lewis
Elements in Religion and Violence
  • Cambridge, England: 
    Cambridge University Press
    , May
     102 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


Falun Gong, founded by Li Hongzhi in 1992, attracted international attention in 1999 after staging a demonstration outside government offices in Beijing. It was subsequently banned. Followers then created a number of media outlets outside China focused on protesting the PRC's attack on the 'human rights' of practitioners. This volume focuses on Falun Gong and violence. Though the author notes accusations of how Chinese authorities have abused and tortured practitioners, the volume will focus on Li Hongzhi's teachings about 'spiritual warfare', and how these teachings have motivated practitioners to deliberately seek brutalization and martyrdom.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

James R. Lewis is Professor of Archaeology, History, Religious Studies, and Theology at the Arctic University of Norway.


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