9789888028030

China: A Religious State

by
  • ISBN13:

    9789888028030

  • ISBN10:

    9888028030

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-04-15
  • Publisher: Columbia Univ Pr

Note: Supplemental materials are not guaranteed with Rental or Used book purchases.

Purchase Benefits

  • Free Shipping On Orders Over $35!
    Your order must be $35 or more to qualify for free economy shipping. Bulk sales, PO's, Marketplace items, eBooks and apparel do not qualify for this offer.
  • Get Rewarded for Ordering Your Textbooks! Enroll Now
List Price: $20.00 Save up to $3.00
  • Rent Book $17.00
    Add to Cart Free Shipping

    TERM
    PRICE
    DUE

Supplemental Materials

What is included with this book?

  • The New copy of this book will include any supplemental materials advertised. Please check the title of the book to determine if it should include any access cards, study guides, lab manuals, CDs, etc.
  • The Rental copy of this book is not guaranteed to include any supplemental materials. Typically, only the book itself is included. This is true even if the title states it includes any access cards, study guides, lab manuals, CDs, etc.

Summary

Over the last 40 years, our vision of Chinese culture and history has been transformed by the discovery of the role of religion in Chinese state-making and in local society. The Daoist religion, in particular, long despised as "superstitious," has recovered its place as "the native higher religion." But while the Chinese state tried from the fifth century on to construct an orthodoxy based on Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism, local society everywhere carved out for itself its own geomantically defined space and organized itself around local festivals in honor of gods of its own choosing-gods who were often invented and then represented by illiterate mediums. Looking at China from the point of view of elite or popular culture therefore produces very different results.--John Lagerwey has done extensive fieldwork on local society and its festivals. This book represents a first attempt to use this new research to integrate top-down and bottom-up views of Chinese society, culture, and history. It should be of interest to a wide range of China specialists, students of religion and popular culture, as well as participants in the ongoing interdisciplinary dialogue between historians and anthropologists.--John Lagerwey is professor of Daoist history at the ?cole Pratique des Hautes ?tudes and of Chinese studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is author of Taoist Ritual in Chinese Society and History and editor of the 30-volume "Traditional Hakka Society Series" as well as the recently published four-volume set Early Chinese Religion.-----

Author Biography

John Lagerwey is a professor of Daoist history at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes and of Chinese studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is author of Taoisl Ritual in Chinese Society and History and editor of the thirty-volume "Traditional Hakka Society Series" as well as the recently published four-volume set Early Chinese Religion.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. 1
A Brief History of the Pantheon: Ancestors and Gods in State and Local Religion and Politicsp. 19
Daoist Ritual in Social and Historical Perspectivep. 57
Festivals in Southeastern Chinap. 95
On the Rational Character of Local Religionp. 153
Concluding Reflectionsp. 171
Notesp. 179
Bibliographyp. 209
Indexp. 223
Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

Rewards Program

Write a Review