Religion and Society in T'ang and Sung China

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Patricia Buckley Ebrey, Peter N. Gregory
University of Hawaii Press, 1993 - Religion - 379 pages
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The T'ang (618-907) and Sung (960-1279) dynasties were times of great change in China. The economy flourished, the population doubled, printing led to a great increase in the availability of books, Buddhism became a fully sinicized religion penetrating deeply into ordinary life. This volume represents a collaborative effort of nine scholars of Chinese religion, history, and thought to begin addressing the question of how changes in the religions of the Chinese people were implicated in the momentous social and cultural changes of this period.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER THE EXPANSION OF THE WENCHANG CULT
45
A CASE OF INDIAN INFLUENCE
75
THE GROWTH OF PURGATORY
115
CHAPTERS MYTH RITUAL AND MONASTIC PRACTICE
147
THE RESPONSE OF THE SUNG STATE TO POPULAR
209
SOUTHERN SUNG ACADEMIES AS SACRED PLACES
335
Contributors
365
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