‘When the Foreign Enemy Becomes a Dear Friend’: Reflections on the Mission of Boro Balγasu in the Works of Kesigbatu (1849-1917)

Heuschert-Laage, Dorothea (2017). ‘When the Foreign Enemy Becomes a Dear Friend’: Reflections on the Mission of Boro Balγasu in the Works of Kesigbatu (1849-1917). Inner Asia, 19(1), pp. 29-63. Brill 10.1163/22105018-12340078

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The paper situates itself within the context of entangled histories and establishes a link between the well-known Ordos poet and historian Kesigbatu and the missionaries of the Congregation of Scheut. There is evidence that Kesigbatu was in contact with the missionaries not only because of the proximity between the Boro Balγasu mission and his native region, but also as part of his profession as a judge. Moreover, he was helpful in providing members of the congregation access to rare Mongolian manuscripts. It is little known that several of Kesigbatu’s poems are explicitly devoted to the Scheut mission at Boro Balγasu. These poems fall into two categories as they either include serious allegations or lavish praise. The paper traces the intersections between Kesigbatu’s biography and the Congregation of Scheut and analyses how the missionaries were perceived by a Mongolian contemporary.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute for the Science of Religion

UniBE Contributor:

Heuschert-Laage, Dorothea

Subjects:

200 Religion
200 Religion > 290 Other religions
800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism > 890 Other literatures
900 History > 950 History of Asia

ISSN:

1464-8172

Publisher:

Brill

Projects:

[1202] Mongolische Erfahrungswelten in Zeiten globaler Vernetzung: Das Ordos-Gebiet in den letzten Jahren der Qing-Dynastie

Language:

English

Submitter:

Dorothea Heuschert-Laage

Date Deposited:

22 Nov 2017 10:08

Last Modified:

30 Sep 2019 13:24

Publisher DOI:

10.1163/22105018-12340078

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.106456

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/106456

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