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Maria Hsia Chang discusses the Falun Gong's beliefs, including their ideas on cosmology, humanity's origin, karma, reincarnation, UFOs, and the coming apocalypse. She balances an account of the Chinese government's case against the sect with an evaluation of the credibility of those accusations. Describing China's long history of secret societies that initiated powerful uprisings and sometimes overthrew dynasties, she explains the Chinese government's brutal treatment of the sect. And she concludes with a chronicle of the ongoing persecution of religious groups in China-of which Falun Gong is only one of many-and the social conditions that breed the popular discontent and alienation that spawn religious millenarianism.
|1||A Religious Sect Defies the State||1|
|2||Chinese Religions and Millenarian Movements||32|
|3||Falun Gong: Beliefs and Practices||60|
|4||The State vs. Falun Gong||96|
|5||The Persecution of Other Faiths||124|