Mysticism and Kingship in China: The Heart of Chinese Wisdom / Edition 1 by Julia Ching | 9780521468282 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Mysticism and Kingship in China: The Heart of Chinese Wisdom / Edition 1

Mysticism and Kingship in China: The Heart of Chinese Wisdom / Edition 1

by Julia Ching
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521468280

ISBN-13: 9780521468282

Pub. Date: 12/28/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In this book, Julia Ching offers a survey of over 4,000 years of Chinese civilization through an examination of the relationship between kingship and mysticism. She investigates the sage-king myth and ideal, arguing that institutions of kingship were bound up with cultivation of trance states and communication with spirits. Over time, the sage-king myth became a model

Overview

In this book, Julia Ching offers a survey of over 4,000 years of Chinese civilization through an examination of the relationship between kingship and mysticism. She investigates the sage-king myth and ideal, arguing that institutions of kingship were bound up with cultivation of trance states and communication with spirits. Over time, the sage-king myth became a model for the actual ruler. As a paradigm, it was also appropriated by private individuals who strove for wisdom without becoming kings. As the Confucian tradition interacted with the Taoist and the Buddhist, the religious character of spiritual and mystical cultivation became more pronounced. But the sage-king idea continued, promoting expectations of benevolent despotism rather than democratization in Chinese civilization.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521468282
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2003
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Religious Traditions Series, #11
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
302
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Son of heaven: shamanic kingship; 2. Son of heaven: kingship as cosmic paradigm; 3. The moral teacher as sage: philosophy appropriates the paradigm; 4. The metaphysician as sage: philosophy again appropriates the paradigm; 5. The paradigm enshrined: the authority of classics; 6. The mystic as sage: religion appropriates the paradigm; 7. The sage-king as messiah: religion again appropriates the paradigm; 8. All under heaven: political power and the periphery; A Glossary of Sino-Japanese names and terms; Bibliography; Index.

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