When Ancestors Are a Problem

Paulin Batairwa Kubuya

The interpretation of phenomena pertaining to contacts between cultures requires a specific awareness and proper methodology. This observation is held by Nicolas Standaert, a sinologist specialized in Sino-Christian exchanges during the 16th–17th centuries. Starting from the early 1990ies, his research has been striving to unveil meanings which remain unnoticed and/or unaccounted for when a culture or a phenomenon is interpreted from one single perspective. Changing the interpretive perspective can enrich and deepen considerations held regarding a phenomenon.

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