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1. Title Title of document Index - Enlightened Martyrdom
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country James Lewis; Wuhan University
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Huang Chao; Wuhan University, China; China
 
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
 
4. Subject Keyword(s) Chinese religion; Falun Gong; Li Hongzhi; People's Republic of China; new religions in China
 
5. Subject Subject classification New Religious Movements
 
6. Description Abstract When it became evident that the People’s Republic of China (PRC) was on the verge of banning the Falun Gong movement, Li Hongzhi, the movement’s founder, and his family escaped China, relocating permanently in the United States. Subsequently, the dramatic crackdown on Falun Gong in 1999 made international headlines. From the safety of his new home, Master Li encouraged his followers left behind in the PRC to vigorously demonstrate against the Chinese government, even if it meant imprisonment or even death.


Further, Master Li actively discourages his followers from telling outsiders about his esoteric teachings; rather, he explicitly directs them to say that Falun Gong is just a peaceful spiritual exercise group being persecuted by the PRC. Not only has Falun Gong succeeded in propagating their side of the story in the media but the group will vigorously protest any news story that disagrees with their point of view. In more recent years, Falun Gong has attempted to silence critical scholars, including two of the contributors to the present volume.


Enlightened Martyrdom: The Hidden Side of Falun Gong provides a comprehensive overview of Falun Gong: the movement’s background, history, beliefs and practices. But whereas prior treatments have generally tended to downplay Falun Gong’s ‘dark side,’ in Enlightened Martyrdom, we have made an effort to include treatments of the less palatable aspects of this movement.
 
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
 
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 10-Oct-2019
 
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
 
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12. Format File format PDF
 
13. Identifier Uniform Resource Identifier https://journals.equinoxpub.com/books/article/view/39845
 
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.39845
 
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Enlightened Martyrdom
 
16. Language English=en en
 
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