Chinese Gods: An Introduction to Chinese Folk Religion

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Blacksmith Books, Jul 16, 2010 - Religion - 237 pages
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Chinese folk religion is the underlying belief system of more than a billion Chinese people. Go into any Chinese home office or restaurant and you will see altars, statues or paper `good luck' images. And wherever there is a Chinese community there are temples and Earth God shrines: But what is the religion that makes sense of all these expressions of belief? How do these beliefs connect to Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism?

Chinese Gods helps us understand the building blocks of this religion for which even the Chinese have no name --- because the beliefs are intertwined with language and culture they have no independent existence --- and provides an in-depth analysis of 19 of the major gods of the Chinese pantheon.

"A classic work on Chinese folk religion." --- Sir David Tang
 

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User Review  - marisk - LibraryThing

The book looks very un-academic, but actually it offers quite good generalizations on a topic I knew nothing of. Last autumn I visited several Chinese temples in Hong Kong and Macau and I had ... Read full review

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Contents

Foreword
15
Acknowledgements
21
Introduction
23
The System
29
Fungshui Temples Cities and Squares
31
Hsing Tien Temple
37
From Myth to History
42
The Strange Case of Confucius
47
Queen of Heaven
138
The Boy God
153
Mother of the Three Islands
158
The Jade Emperor
167
Magistrate Pao
172
Hung The Holy One
178
God of Wealth
182
The Peach Blossom Girl
188

The Problem of Lao Tzu
56
Nature Cults Alchemists and Gods
61
Ancestor Worship
71
The Gods
77
God of War
79
Emperor of the North
89
The Purple Planet
105
Hearer of Cries
112
Great Sage Equal of Heaven
120
The Third Prince
126
The Immortal Chang
193
Patron of Builders
202
God of Thunder
211
The Exorcist
214
Great Immortal Wong
220
The Cheung Chau Bun Festival
223
Glossary of Alternative Names and Spellings
234
Table of Dynasties
238
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Jonathan Chamberlain was brought up in Ireland and Hong Kong. After graduating in Social Anthropology at Sussex University, he returned to Hong Kong where he lived for many years as a teacher and writer.

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