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Puberty Ritual in Sri Lanka

Kim, Paul Mantae:
The Puberty Ritual in Sri Lanka : a comparative exploration of perceptions and attitudes between Buddhists and Christians / Paul Mantae Kim. - New York, NY ; Bern ; Berlin [u.a.] : Peter Lang Verlag, 2011. - XIV, 241 S. : graph. Darst. - (American university studies : Series 7, Theology and religion ; 317)
ISBN 978-1-433-11462-5
EUR 55,20
DDC: 392.140899148

This book explores the perceptions and attitudes of Sinhalese Buddhists and Sinhalese Christians regarding the puberty ritual in Sri Lanka, thereby identifying a relevant Christian response to the ritual. The author utilized ANOVA and Mann-Whitney statistical tests to quantitatively compare the viewpoints of the Sinhalese Buddhists and Christians at cognitive, affective, and behavioral levels. At the same time, an analysis of qualitative data documents the rich Sinhalese Buddhist experience of the puberty ritual, as well as the Sinhalese Christian reservations and alternatives to the tradition.
   Furthermore, this book establishes that a relevant Christian practice of puberty will help Sinhalese Christians enjoy the Christian faith that reflects their cultural roots, values, and identity, affirms their relationship with God, and offers a missional witness of their faith that responds to the hearts and lives of the people around them. When Christianity engages people's unique cultural perceptions, interests, and concerns, they can be expected to appreciate the gospel as meaningful and relevant to their daily lives.
   This book can serve as a text or a significant resource for upper division undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate courses on missions, culture, anthropology, rituals, contextualization, cross-cultural communication, ethnic studies, and comparative studies. [Verlagsinformation]

Aus dem Inhalt
Theoretical perspective
Understanding the context of the Sinhalese puberty ritual
The Sinhalese Buddhist perception of the puberty ritual
Comparison of the attitudes between Sinhalese Buddhists and Sinhalese Christians
Approaching the Sinhalese puberty ritual in light of the Bible
Contextualization and its implications for the Christian practice of puberty
The Sinhalese Christian appraisal of the puberty ritual
Concluding implications : missiological insights regarding the Sinhalese puberty ritual.

PAUL MANTAE KIM earned his BA in English language and literature from Yonsei University, his M.Div. from the Graduate School of Theology of Hansei University, South Korea, and his Th.M. and PhD in intercultural studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California. He was a missionary in Sri Lanka and currently serves as Professor of Missions and Chief Academic Officer at Bethesda University, Anaheim, California. Facebook profile.

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