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    DescriptionIn ancient China, the preparation of food and the offering up of food as a religious sacrifice were intimately connected with models of sagehood and ideas of self-cultivation and morality. Drawing on received and newly excavated written sources, Roel Sterckx's book explores how this vibrant culture influenced the ways in which the early Chinese explained the workings of the human senses, and the role of sensory experience in communicating with the spirit world. The book, which begins with a survey of dietary culture from the Zhou to the Han, offers intriguing insights into the ritual preparation of food - some butchers and cooks were highly regarded and would rise to positions of influence as a result of their culinary skills - and the sacrificial ceremony itself. As a major contribution to the study of early China and to the development of philosophical thought, the book will be essential reading for students of the period, and for anyone interested in ritual and religion in the ancient world.

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    Food, Sacrifice, and Sagehood in Early China
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Roel Sterckx
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    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 248
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 500 g
    ISBN 13: 9781107001718
    ISBN 10: 1107001714

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    Ingram Theme: CULT/ASIAN
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    LC classification: BL1859.F66 S74 2011
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    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    9 b/w illus.
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    28 March 2011
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    Author Information
    Roel Sterckx is Joseph Needham Professor of Chinese History, Science, and Civilization at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge. His publications include The Animal and the Daemon in Early China (2002).
    Review quote
    'This excellent and comprehensive analysis of food ... is a feast for the scholar's palate.' Journal of the American Academy of Religion 'Sterckx has given us a most inspiring study of ancient Chinese culture.' Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies
    Table of contents
    1. Customs and cuisine; 2. Cooking the world; 3. Sacrifice and sense; 4. The economics of sacrifice; 5. Sages, spirits, and senses.