By Michel Picard
This quantity investigates a variety of strategies wherein international religions develop into localized, in addition to how neighborhood traditions in Southeast Asia and Melanesia turn into universalized. within the identify of modernity and growth, the modern Southeast Asian states are inclined to press their populations to have a ‘religion,' claiming that their neighborhood, indigenous practices and traditions don't represent faith. Authors learn this ‘religionization,’ addressing how area people acceptable faith as a class to outline a few of their practices as differentiated from others, whether or not they are looking to have a faith or are limited to illustrate that they profess one. therefore, ‘religion’ is what's considered as such through those neighborhood actors, which would now not correspond to what counts as faith for the observer. additionally, neighborhood actors don't continuously concur concerning what their faith is ready, as faith is a contested factor. consequently, all of the case experiences during this quantity reasons to clarify what will get pointed out and legitimized as ‘religion’, by means of whom, for what goal, and lower than what political stipulations.
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