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|All Authors / Contributors:||
Meir Shahar; Robert P Weller
|Description:||vii, 290 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm|
|Contents:||Introduction : gods and society in China / Meir Shahar and Robert P. Weller --
Personal relations and bureaucratic hierarchy in Chinese religion : evidence from the Song dynasty / Robert Hymes --
Enlightened alchemist or immoral immortal? The growth of Lü Dongbin's cult in late imperial China / Paul R. Katz --
The Lady Linshui : how a woman became a goddess / Brigitte Baptandier --
Myths, gods, and family relations / P. Steven Sangren --
Vernacular fiction and the transmission of gods' cults in late Imperial China / Meir Shahar --
Transmission in popular religion : the Jiajiang festival troupe of Southern Taiwan / Donald S. Sutton --
Matricidal magistrates and gambling gods : weak states and strong spirits in China / Robert P. Weller.
|Responsibility:||edited by Meir Shahar and Robert P. Weller.|
The authors draw on a variety of disciplines (history, anthropology, literary studies) and methodologies to throw light on various aspects of the Chinese supernatural. In addition to reflecting the existing order, Chinese gods shaped it, transformed it, and compensated for it, and, as such, this study offers fresh perspectives on the relations between divinity and society in China.