Mysticism and Kingship in China: The Heart of Chinese Wisdom

Mysticism and Kingship in China: The Heart of Chinese Wisdom

by Julia Ching
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Cambridge University Press

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Mysticism and Kingship in China: The Heart of Chinese Wisdom

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521462938
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/13/1997
Series: Cambridge Studies in Religious Traditions Series , #11
Pages: 326
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(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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