Early Chinese Religion: Part One: Shang Through Han (1250 BC-220 AD) (2 Vols)

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John Lagerwey, Marc Kalinowski
BRILL, Dec 24, 2008 - Religion - 1 pages
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Together, and for the first time in any language, the 24 essays gathered in these volumes provide a composite picture of the history of religion in ancient China from the emergence of writing ca. 1250 BC to the collapse of the first major imperial dynasty in 220 AD. It is a multi-faceted tale of changing gods and rituals that includes the emergence of a form of “secular humanism” that doubts the existence of the gods and the efficacy of ritual and of an imperial orthodoxy that founds its legitimacy on a distinction between licit and illicit sacrifices. Written by specialists in a variety of disciplines, the essays cover such subjects as divination and cosmology, exorcism and medicine, ethics and self-cultivation, mythology, taboos, sacrifice, shamanism, burial practices, iconography, and political philosophy. Produced under the aegis of the Centre de recherche sur les civilisations chinoise, japonaise et tibétaine (UMR 8155) and the École Pratique des Hautes Études (Paris).
 

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Contents

Introduction John Lagerwey and Marc Kalinowski
1
SHANG AND WESTERN ZHOU 1250771 BC
39
Shang state religion and the pantheon of the oracle texts Robert Eno
41
interpretation of material vestiges Alain Thote
103
the evolution of the ancestral sacrifi ce during the Western Zhou Martin Kern
143
Rituals for the Earth Kominami Ichirô
201
EASTERN ZHOU 770256 BC
235
Ancestor worship during the Eastern Zhou Constance A Cook
237
mortuary ritual and political organization in the ritual compendia of early China Michael Puett
695
learning and authority in Qin and Han Michael Nylan
721
State and local cults in Han religion Marianne Bujard
777
Language of Heaven exegetical skepticism and the reinsertion of religious concepts in the Gongyang tradition Joachim Gentz
813
The economics of religion in Warring States and early imperial China Roel Sterckx
839
an aspect of belief in the Qin and Han Liu Tsengkuei
881
practices and images in the Qin and Han Michèle PirazzolitSerstevens
949
laying the cornerstones of public memory KE Brashier
1027

Ritual and ritual texts in early China Muchou Poo
281
Chinese history writing between the sacred and the secular Yuri Pines
315
transmitted texts and recent archaeological discoveries Marc Kalinowski
341
The mythology of early China Mark Edward Lewis
543
philosophy of sacrifice and transcendence of power in ancient China Jean Levi
645
CONTENTS Volume Two
695
QIN AND HAN 221 BC220 AD
695
Latter Han religious mass movements and the early Daoist church Grégoire Espesset
1061
etiology the medical canon and the transformation of medical techniques before the Tang Li Jianmin
1103
List of Authors
1151
Bibliography
1157
Index
1213
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John Lagerwey, Ph.D. Harvard University (1975), is Professor of the History of Daoism and Chinese religions at the École Pratique des Hautes Études (Paris-Sorbonne). His primary publications concern the history of Daoist ritual and the ethnography of local society in southeastern China.
Marc Kalinowski, Ph.D. University of Paris (1979), is Professor of Chinese thought and civilization at the École Pratique des Hautes Études (Paris-Sorbonne). He publishes extensively on the history of divination and cosmology in ancient China, including Cosmologie et divination dans la Chine ancienne (Paris 1991), and Divination et société dans la Chine médiévale (Paris, 2003).

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