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Early Chinese Religion, Part 1: Shang Through Han (1250 BC -220 AD)

By John Lagerwey, Marc Kalinowski

Jointly, and for the 1st time in any language, the 24 essays amassed in those volumes supply a composite photograph of the historical past of faith in historic China from the emergence of writing ca. 1250 BC to the cave in of the 1st significant imperial dynasty in 220 advert. it's a multi-faceted story of fixing gods and rituals that comes with the emergence of a kind of “secular humanism” that doubts the lifestyles of the gods and the efficacy of formality and of an imperial orthodoxy that founds its legitimacy on a contrast among licit and illicit sacrifices. Written by way of experts in quite a few disciplines, the essays disguise such matters as divination and cosmology, exorcism and medication, ethics and self-cultivation, mythology, taboos, sacrifice, shamanism, burial practices, iconography, and political philosophy.

Produced below 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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103 Alain Thote Bronze inscriptions, the Shijing and the Shangshu: the evolution of the ancestral sacrifice throughout the Western Zhou .................. 143 Martin Kern Rituals for the Earth ........................................................................... 201 Kominami Ichirô jap ZHOU (770–256 BC) Ancestor worship in the course of the jap Zhou ................................... 237 Constance A. prepare dinner Ritual and formality texts in early China .............................................. 281 Mu-chou Poo chinese language background writing among the sacred and the secular ...... 315 Yuri Pines vi contents Diviners and astrologers lower than the japanese Zhou: transmitted texts and up to date archaeological discoveries ................................ 341 Marc Kalinowski the picture and standing of shamans in old China ..................... 397 Fu-shih Lin the topic and the sovereign: exploring the self in early chinese language self-cultivation ................................................................. 459 Romain Graziani Ethics and self-cultivation perform in early China ....................... 519 Mark Csikszentmihàlyi The mythology of early China .......................................................... 543 Mark Edward Lewis Ritual practices for developing terrestrial area (Warring States-early Han) ............................................................................. 595 Vera Dorofeeva-Lichtmann The ceremony, the norm and the Dao: philosophy of sacrifice and transcendence of energy in historical China .................................. 645 Jean Levi quantity QIN AND HAN (221 BC–220 advert) Combining the ghosts and spirits, centering the area: mortuary ritual and political association within the ritual compendia of early China ...................................................................................... 695 Michael Puett Classics with out canonization: studying and authority in Qin and Han ............................................................................................ 721 Michael Nylan contents nation and native cults in Han faith ............................................. Marianne Bujard vii 777 Language of Heaven, exegetical skepticism and the re-insertion of spiritual techniques within the Gongyang culture ..................... Joachim Gentz 813 The economics of faith in Warring States and early imperial China .............................................................................................. Roel Sterckx 839 Taboos: a facet of trust within the Qin and Han .......................... Liu Tseng-kuei loss of life and the useless: practices and photographs within the Qin and Han .......................................................................................... Michèle Pirazzoli-t’Serstevens 881 949 japanese Han commemorative stelae: laying the cornerstones of public reminiscence .............................................................................. 1027 ok. E. Brashier Latter Han non secular mass pursuits and the early Daoist church ................................................................................

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