In Search of Personal Welfare: View of Ancient Chinese Religion

In Search of Personal Welfare: View of Ancient Chinese Religion

Paperback Suny Series, Chinese Philosophy & Culture

By (author) Mu-Chou Poo

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  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 26mm | 540g
  • Publication date: 1 March 1998
  • Publication City/Country: Albany, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0791436306
  • ISBN 13: 9780791436301
  • Illustrations note: 11 line drawings

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This book is the first major reassessment of ancient Chinese religion to appear in recent years. It provides a historical investigation of broadly shared religious beliefs and goals in ancient China from the earliest period to the end of the Han Dynasty. The author makes use of recently acquired archeological data, traditional texts, and modern scholarly work from China, Japan, and the West. The overall concern of this book is to try to reach the religious mentality of the ancient Chinese in the context of personal and daily experiences. Poo deals with such problems as the definition of religion, the popular/elite controversy in methodology, and the use of "elite" documents in the study of ordinary life.

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