Religions of China: The World as a Living System

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Waveland Press, Mar 10, 1998 - Religion - 125 pages
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The guiding themes of Chinese religion as it is actually lived! This short work explains basic ideas and practices of Chinese religions in direct and simple language, with many examples and analogies for increased understanding. Its basic assumption is that religion is best understood as an aspect of everyday lifeas something that makes sense to those who practice iteven if outsiders might be puzzled at first. While Overmyers treatment focuses on traditional China before the twentieth century, many of the beliefs and practices described are still alive, at least in some Chinese communities. While the basic concern of this book is, first, to understand Chinese religions in their own right, it takes the additional step of exploring what modern students might learn from them.

 

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Contents

Preface
1
Acknowledgments
3
Chronology of Chinese History and Religion
5
Beliefs and Values of One of the Worlds Oldest Living Cultures
11
The Development of Chinese Religious Traditions Over Time
17
Chapter 3 Types of Beliefs and Activities in Chinese Religious Life
57
Chinese Religions Lived and Practiced
87
Chapter 5 Chinese Religions Today
103
Notes
118
Glossary
120
Selected Reading List
124
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