Mysticism and Kingship in China: The Heart of Chinese Wisdomby Julia Ching
Pub. Date: 11/13/1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This book surveys over four-thousand years of Chinese civilisation through an examination of the relationship between kingship and mysticism. Julia Ching investigates the sage-king myth and ideal, and analyses the various skills that have been required as qualifications of leadership. She concludes that the sage-king ideal has promoted expectations of benevolent despotism rather than democratisation in Chinese society. Lucidly written, the book will be of interest to anyone seeking to understand how today's China continues to draw on its past.
Table of ContentsPreface; 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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