Christianity and the Peng Lineage

  • Weiqing Hu


Through a case study of the Presbyterian Peng lineage, Hu highlights the frequent crossover of new and old identities among rural Christians in the Hakka-speaking hinterlands of modern Chaoshan. When the Peng descendants compiled their genealogy in the 2000s, they appropriated the Christian ancestors and their conversion narratives as powerful symbols that connected different generations of the lineage members. In this process of cross-cultural fertilization, Christianity means more than an individual faith. It actually becomes a collective identity of the Peng lineage. As long as this religious identification stands the test of the time, it provides a fertile ingredient to build an imagined ancestral homeland for all the Christian descendants of the Peng lineage.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Weiqing Hu
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  1. 1.Shandong UniversityJinanChina

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