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Spectacle and sacrifice : the ritual foundations of village life in North China

Author: David G Johnson
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Asia Center, Distributed by Harvard University Press 2009.
Series: Harvard East Asian monographs, 315.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book is about the ritual world of a group of rural settlements in Shanxi province in pre-1949 North China. Temple festivals, with their giant processions, elaborate rituals, and operas, were the most important influence on the symbolic universe of ordinary villagers and demonstrate their remarkable capacity for religious and artistic creation. The great festivals described in this book were their supreme  Read more...
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Johnson, David G. (David George), 1938-
Spectacle and sacrifice.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Asia Center, 2009
(DLC) 2009033043
(OCoLC)261175210
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David G Johnson
ISBN: 9781684174881 1684174880
OCLC Number: 1012938488
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 390 pages) : illustrations, maps.
Contents: Greeting the new year in Shanxi --Shanxi village ritual opera, an overview --
The great temple festivals of southeastern Shanxi.
Series Title: Harvard East Asian monographs, 315.
Responsibility: David Johnson.

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Chinese culture was a performance culture, and ritual was the highest form of performance. Village ritual life everywhere in pre-revolutionary China was complex, conservative, and extraordinarily  Read more...

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