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

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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 ...
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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.
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Details the religion of everyday life in ancient China, investigating broadly shared religious beliefs and goals from the earliest period to the end of the Han dynasty. Draws on recently acquired archaeological data, traditional texts, and modern scholarly work from China, Japan, and the West to understand the religious mentality of the ancient Chinese in terms of personal and daily experiences. Deals with aspects including personal welfare in the context of mantric technique, the development of official cults, concepts of immortality and soul, and the use of elite documents in the study of ordinary life. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Preface
Abbreviations
1 Introduction 1
Toward a History of the Everyday, Personal Religion of Ancient China 1
Religion and Extra-human Powers: Working Definitions 5
The Popular-Religion Paradigm in Earlier Research and Theory 7
The Sources 14
2 Roots of a Religion of Personal Welfare 17
Prelude 17
The Religion of the Shang People 23
The Religion of the Chou People 29
3 Personal Welfare in the Context of Mantic Technique 41
Omens 44
Divination 48
Witchcraft and Exorcism 52
Ghosts and Spirits 53
Souls, Spirits, and the Abode of the Dead 62
Summary 66
4 Newly Discovered Daybooks and Everyday Religion 69
The Jih-shu or Daybooks 69
Elements of Religion in the Classic of Mountains and Seas 92
Jih-shu and Shan-hai-ching: Dealing with Domestic and Foreign Environments 99
5 Emperors, Courtiers, and the Development of Official Cults 103
The Establishment of the Official Cult of the Ch'in Empire 104
The Establishment of the Han Official Cult 107
Personal Factors and Official Religion 114
Reassessing Han Official Religion 117
Conclusion 120
6 Beliefs and Practices in Everyday Life of the Han Dynasty 123
Religious Activities Related to the Agricultural Cycle 124
Religious Activities Related to the Life Cycle 135
Religious Activities in Everyday Life 143
Local Cults 146
Omens and Portents 152
7 Immortality, Soul, and the Netherworld 157
The Conceptions of Immortality and Soul 157
Further Development of the Idea of the Netherworld 165
Social Change, the Development of Burial Styles, and the Idea of the Netherworld 176
8 Popular Religiosity and Its Critics 179
Literacy and the Commoners 179
Intellectuals as Critics of Popular Religion and Local Cults 185
Intellectuals as Reformers of Popular Religion 192
Intellectuals as Participants in Popular Religion 194
9 Conclusion 205
The Nature of Extra-Human Powers 206
Belief in a Correlative Cosmological Order 209
Death and the Netherworld 210
Apotheosis 212
Piety and Happiness 213
Epilogue 216
Notes 219
Bibliography 275
Index 321
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