Chinese Religious Traditions

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Prentice Hall, 2002 - History - 144 pages
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This book provides an introduction to the history of religion in China and its contours in China and Taiwan today, focusing on four religious traditions: Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, and popular religion. It covers not only religious and ethical ideas but also the practices of each tradition. Readers will become familiar with common themes that weave themselves through the history of Chinese religion to the present day—such as ancestor worship, sacrifice, and divination—and gain an understanding of the ways in which religion has responded to and influenced political and cultural change in China. For individuals interested in the history of China and its religions.

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Contents

Foreword
5
Introduction
11
Popular Religion
17
Early Zhou Religion
25
Classical Confucianism
31
Early Imperial China Han through Tang
58
Confucianism
63
Buddhism
74
Early Modern China Song through Early Qing
90
Daoism
97
State Religion
105
The New Confucians
111
A Buddhist Revival
121
Glossary
131
Chinese Festivals
139
Copyright

About the author (2002)

Joseph A. Adler is Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio.

Ninian Smart was J. F. Rowny Professor of Comparative Religions at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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