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

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SUNY Press, 1998 M01 29 - 331 páginas
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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Introduction
1
Roots of a Religion of Personal Welfare
17
Personal Welfare in the Context of Mantic Technique
41
Newly Discovered Daybooks and Everyday Religion
69
Emperors Courtiers and the Development of Official Cults
103
Beliefs and Practices in Everyday Life of the Han Dynasty
123
Immortality Soul and the Netherworld
157
Popular Religiosity and Its Critics
179
Conclusion
205
Notes
219
Bibliography
275
Index
321
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Mu-chou Poo is Research Fellow and Professor at the Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan. He is the author of several works, including Wine and Wine Offering in the Religion of Ancient Egypt; Literature by the Nile: An Anthology of Ancient Egyptian Literature; and Burial Styles and Ideas of Life and Death.

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