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In Search of Personal Welfare: A View of Ancient Chinese Religion

In Search of Personal Welfare: A View of Ancient Chinese Religion

by Mu-chou Poo
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791436306

ISBN-13: 9780791436301

Pub. Date: 01/29/1998

Publisher: State University of New York Press

The first major reassessment of ancient Chinese religion to appear in recent years, this book presents the religious mentality of the period through personal and daily experiences.

This book is the first major reassessment of ancient Chinese religion to appear in recent years. It provides a historical investigation of broadly shared religious beliefs and

Overview

The first major reassessment of ancient Chinese religion to appear in recent years, this book presents the religious mentality of the period through personal and daily experiences.

This book is the first major reassessment of ancient Chinese religion to appear in recent years. It provides a historical investigation of broadly shared religious beliefs and goals in ancient China from the earliest period to the end of the Han Dynasty. The author makes use of recently acquired archeological data, traditional texts, and modern scholarly work from China, Japan, and the West. The overall concern of this book is to try to reach the religious mentality of the ancient Chinese in the context of personal and daily experiences. Poo deals with such problems as the definition of religion, the popular/elite controversy in methodology, and the use of "elite" documents in the study of ordinary life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791436301
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
01/29/1998
Series:
SUNY series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
331
Product dimensions:
5.93(w) x 8.91(h) x 0.78(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures

Preface

Abbreviations

1. Introduction

Toward a History of the Everyday, Personal Religion of Ancient China

Religion and Extra-human Powers: Working Definitions

The Popular-Religion Paradigm in Earlier Research and Theory

The Sources

2. Roots of a Religion of Personal Welfare

Prelude

The Religion of the Shang People

The Religion of the Chou People

3. Personal Welfare in the Context of Mantic Technique

Omens

Divination

Witchcraft and Exorcism

Ghosts and Spirits

Souls, Spirits, and the Abode of the Dead

Summary

4. Newly Discovered Daybooks and Everyday Religion

The Jih-shu or Daybooks

Elements of Religion in the Classic of Mountains and Seas

Jih-shu and Shan-hai-ching: Dealing with Domestic and Foreign Environments

5. Emperors, Courtiers, and the Development of Official Cults

The Establishment of the Official Cult of the Ch'in Empire

The Establishment of the Han Official Cult

Personal Factors and Official Religion

Reassessing Han Official Religion

Conclusion

6. Beliefs and Practices in Everyday Life of the Han Dynasty

Religious Activities Related to the Agricultural Cycle

Religious Activities Related to the Life Cycle

Religious Activities in Everyday Life

Local Cults

Omens and Portents

7. Immortality, Soul, and the Netherworld

The Conceptions of Immortality and Soul

Further Development of the Idea of the Netherworld

Social Change, the Development of Burial Styles, and the Idea of the Netherworld

8. Popular Religiosity and Its Critics

Literacy and the Commoners

Intellectuals as Critics of Popular Religion and Local Cults

Intellectuals as Reformers of Popular Religion

Intellectuals as Participants in Popular Religion

9. Conclusion

The Nature of Extra-Human Powers

Belief in a Correlative Cosmological Order

Death and the Netherworld

Apotheosis

Piety and Happiness

Epilogue

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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