Uncontrolled: The Boxer Rebellion of 1898-1900

Artist: Johannes Koekkoek, 1900. Credit: Public Domain.

Artist: Johannes Koekkoek, 1900. Credit: Public Domain.

My latest Gods and Radicals article, “Uncontrolled: The Boxer Rebellion of 1898-1900,” is up. It expands on my previous posts about the Boxers with material from Paul Cohen’s excellent book History in Three Keys: The Boxers as Event, Experience and Myth.

The article touches upon Boxer organizational structure, social dynamics surrounding mass spirit possession, Guan Di’s role in the movement, the use of magic and prayer to attempt to control fire, morally questionable actions such as edicts restricting the movements of women or the widespread summary execution of civilians, and the all-female Red Lantern auxiliary force.

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2 responses to “Uncontrolled: The Boxer Rebellion of 1898-1900

  • henadology

    Really a superb piece, I’ve been passing it around ever since it came out and everybody seems to agree. I’m very interested in that era, both for personal/devotional reasons and also because I think that it has much to teach us about a kind of resistance or revolt fundamentally different from models grounded in monotheism, whether explicitly theological or not, from Europe or elsewhere.

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