Expanding Cities and Transforming Religions in Contemporary China
The Shirazi Foundation attended an event hosted by the Elliott School of International Affairs titled Expanding Cities and Transforming Religions in Contemporary China. A keynote speaker addressed experts in various fields about his research into China’s many religions and how the belief system of ghost and spirits affects the country and the practices that are associated with being apart of one of the many new age religions that have been formed. Experts also discussed rituals that take place on the new year in some religions and made mention that some individuals have changed the beliefs of the old religion that existed before being modernized. By his observation some of the things that has been added to the new religion include chinese religious leaders who conduct a pilgrimage of roughly twelve hundred people that was not practice beforehand. Experts also mentioned that some of the new religious leaders have profited from these current changes.