Intertwined Immersion: The Development of Chinese Buddhist Master Costumes as an Example

  • Fung Kei Cheng Independent Researcher

Abstract

Cultural pluralism and diversity give rise to debates on conflicts and inclusiveness. Scholars largely investigate how people manage their culture of origin within their host culture, and how the host culture helps them adapt to the changes they experience within their new environment. However, both cultures can merge peacefully and the involved cultures can flourish as a result. The evolvement of jiasha, the attire of Chinese Buddhist masters, illustrates intertwined immersion, in which traditional Chinese (domestic) and Buddhist (imported) cultures show their openness, tolerance, and acceptance to foreign cultures. Finally, while maintaining the significance of Indian Buddhist clothing, jiasha has adopted Chinese dress style, incorporating local cultural and environmental characteristics. This manifests great respect for both traditional Chinese and Buddhist cultures, harmoniously achieving this hybrid product that mutually rejuvenates and enriches native and foreign cultures.

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2020-07-28
How to Cite
Cheng, F. K. (2020). Intertwined Immersion: The Development of Chinese Buddhist Master Costumes as an Example. Religious Studies: An International Journal, 8(1), 23-44. Retrieved from http://fssh-journal.org/index.php/jrs/article/view/77