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Distinguished Lecture Series on Chinese Culture and Religion #6 - Elective Affinities and Conversion: The Virgin Mary and Mazu cults in Late Imperial China

by Professor Ronnie Hsia

Date                  14 December 2015
Time                 4:00pm-6:00pm
Venue               AG710

This lecture is based on missionary sources on the cult of Mazu practiced by Minnan sailors, on whose ships many Catholic priests sailed en route to China. It compares devotional practices of Mazu with those of the Virgin Mary as maritime patroness and suggest a theory of cultural convergence in understanding conversions to Christianity.

About the Speaker
Professor Ronnie Hsia joined the Department of History and Religious Studies at Pennsylvania State University as Full Professor of History in 2001. Prior to this, he was Professor of History at New York University from 1990 to 2001. Ronnie Hsia received numerous international grants and fellowships. On top of this, he worked as a distinguished Visiting Professor of History at the National Chendchi University in Taiwan and at Fudan University and Nanjing University in China.


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