China: A Religious State, 1st Edition

  • John Lagerwey
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  • ISBN-10: 9882205518
  • ISBN-13: 9789882205512
  • DDC: 299.5
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 237 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2010 | Published/Released August 2011
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2010

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Overview

The Chinese state has always been a religious one, in which pantheons and rituals were central political concerns. But while the state regularly refined its definition of orthodoxy, Chinese local society worshiped gods of its own choosing and organized itself autonomously in geomantic space, according to a local festival calendar.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Contents.
Preface.
Introduction.
1: A Brief History of the Pantheon: Ancestors and Gods in State and Local Religion and Politics.
2: Daoist Ritual in Social and Historical Perspective.
3: Festivals in Southeastern China.
4: On the Rational Character of Local Religion1.
5: Concluding Reflections.
Notes.
Bibliography.
Index.