Han-Mongol Encounters and Missionary Endeavors

A History of Scheut in Ordos (Hetao), 1874-1911

Patrick Taveirne

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Han Mongol Encounters and Missionary Endeavors traces the history of the Belgian Scheut mission within the ecological, geopolitical, socioeconomic and ethnocultural context of the Mongol-Han borderlands during the height of European colonialism and the collapse of the Qing dynasty.The main subjects of this study are over 100 Roman Catholic Missionaries form the Low Countries (Holland and Belgium) who worked in the Southwest Mongolia apostolic vacariate. The vicariate constitutes the geographical boundaries of the study. The timeframe extends from the origins of the mission in 1874 until the end of the Qing dynasty in 1912.

The study describes the origins of the Southwest Mongolia vicariate byeond the Great Wall and along the Yellow River Bend during the stransition period from Lazarist missionary activities in the 1840s up to the endeavors of the Scheutists in the early 1870s.The author outlines the historical development of the Ordos Mongols and Chrisitan missions within their respective Qing imperial and European national contexts. The text also analyses not only the European background, the double ecclesiastical and religious organization of the mission,,but also the realtions between domestic and overseas mission fields, and the missionary motives within the late Qing socioeconomic context, and the life of localized Catholic communities. These are described within the ethnocultural context of the Han-Mongol mixed-living area of the Ordos, and as seen mainly through the eyes of the missionaries. The desertification of the Ordos steppes, as well as the aftermath and impact of the popular Boxer movement in Inner Mongolia on the development of the Scheut mission and the local church are also summarized.


Fragile Equilibrium or Lost Harmony

Chapter 1
Ordos Mongols and the Qing Empire

Chapter 2
Christian Mission and European Nation-States

Chapter 3
North of the Great Wall: Winds of Change

Chapter 4
Missionary Vignettes and Institutional Growth: The Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Chapter 5
Socioeconomic Woes and Missionary Motives: For the Greater Glory of God and the Salvation of Souls

Chapter 6
The Ethnocultural Kaleidoscope: Mongol and Han Catholic Communities

Chapter 7
1900: The Boxers United in Righteousness: Christian Adversity and Militancy

Epilogue: From the Ashes of the Foreign Mission to the Sprouts of a Local Church




Format: Monograph - paperback

Size: 240 × 160 × 40 mm

684 pages

ISBN: 9789058673657

Publication: May 25, 2004

Series: Leuven Chinese Studies 15

Languages: English

Stock item number: 45857