The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Chinese Religions

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Randall L. Nadeau
John Wiley & Sons, Mar 12, 2012 - Religion - 512 pages
Comprising the most up-to-date, interdisciplinary research on the study of Chinese religious beliefs and cultural practices, this volume explores the rich and complex religious and philosophical traditions that have developed and flourished in one of the world's oldest civilizations.
  • Covers the main Chinese traditions of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism as well as Christianity and Islam
  • Features a unique organizational structure, with groups of readings focused on historical, traditions-based, and topical elements of Chinese religion
  • Explores a number of contemporary religious topics, including gender, nature, asceticism, material culture, and gods and spirits
  • Brings together a team of authors who are experts in their sub-fields, providing readers with the latest research in a rapidly growing discipline
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chinese Religion in the Shang and Zhou Dynasties
27
Chinese Religion from the Han to the Six Dynasties
51
Chinese Religion in the Sui and Tang Dynasties
75
Chinese Religion in the Song and Alien Dynasties
99
Chinese Religion in the Ming and Qing Dynasties
125
The Confucian Tradition in China
147
The Daoist Tradition in China
171
Sacred Text
285
Religious Ritual
309
Material Culture
335
Nature
349
Divinity
369
Gender
397
Divination
419
Asceticism 441 Stephen Eskildsen
441

Chinese Buddhism
197
Chinese Popular Religion
219
Chinese Islam 237 James D Frankel
261

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About the author (2012)

Randall L. Nadeau is Chair of the Department of Religion and Professor of East Asian Religions at Trinity University, Texas. He has published widely on such topics as popular religious literature, deity cults, and folk religion in both China and Japan, as well as methodology in the study of religion, especially Buddhism and popular religious movements.

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