In search of personal welfare : a view of ancient Chinese religion / Mu-chou Poo.

Pu, Muzhou [Browse]
Albany : State University of New York Press, [1998], ©1998.
xiii, 331 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.


SUNY series in Chinese philosophy and culture. [More in this series]
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • 1. Introduction. Toward a History of the Everyday, Personal Religion of Ancient China. Religion and Extra-human Powers: Working Definitions. The Popular-Religion Paradigm in Earlier Research and Theory. The Sources
  • 2. Roots of a Religion of Personal Welfare. Prelude. The Religion of the Shang People. The Religion of the Chou People
  • 3. Personal Welfare in the Context of Mantic Technique. Omens. Divination. Witchcraft and Exorcism. Ghosts and Spirits. Souls, Spirits, and the Abode of the Dead. Summary
  • 4. Newly Discovered Daybooks and Everyday Religion. The Jih-shu or Daybooks. Elements of Religion in the Classic of Mountains and Seas. Jih-shu and Shan-hai-ching: Dealing with Domestic and Foreign Environments
  • 5. Emperors, Courtiers, and the Development of Official Cults. The Establishment of the Official Cult of the Ch'in Empire. The Establishment of the Han Official Cult. Personal Factors and Official Religion. Reassessing Han Official Religion. Conclusion --
  • 6. Beliefs and Practices in Everyday Life of the Han Dynasty. Religious Activities Related to the Agricultural Cycle. Religious Activities Related to the Life Cycle. Religious Activities in Everyday Life. Local Cults. Omens and Portents
  • 7. Immortality, Soul, and the Netherworld. The Conceptions of Immortality and Soul. Further Development of the Idea of the Netherworld. Social Change, the Development of Burial Styles, and the Idea of the Netherworld
  • 8. Popular Religiosity and Its Critics. Literacy and the Commoners. Intellectuals as Critics of Popular Religion and Local Cults. Intellectuals as Reformers of Popular Religion. Intellectuals as Participants in Popular Religion
  • 9. Conclusion. The Nature of Extra-Human Powers. Belief in a Correlative Cosmological Order. Death and the Netherworld. Apotheosis. Piety and Happiness. Epilogue.
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  • 0791436306 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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