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Guan Yu : the religious afterlife of a failed hero

Author: B J ter Haar
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2017.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Guan Yu was a minor general in the third century CE, but over time, he became known as one the most popular and influential deities of imperial China under the name Lord Guan or Emperor Guan. The book explores the cult of Guan Yu by examining the tremendous power of oral culture in creating the mythology of a deity.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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(OCoLC)987353535
Named Person: Yu Guan; Yu Guan
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: B J ter Haar
ISBN: 9780192525420 0192525425 9780191842030 0191842036
OCLC Number: 1005198185
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover; Guan Yu: The Religious Afterlife of a Failed Hero; Copyright; Preface; Contents; List of Maps, Pictures, and Tables; Abbreviations; Conventions; China's Principal Dynasties; 1: Historical Figure and Divine Being; THE HISTORICAL GUAN YU; HAGIOGRAPHY AND HISTORIOGRAPHY; LOCAL EXPERIENCES; 2: Demon and Monastic Protector; THE DANGYANG CULT; The Original Cult near the River; The Founding Miracle of the Jade Spring Monastery; The Rising Fame of Guan Yu as a Deity; THE BUDDHIST CONNECTION; The Earliest Spread of the Cult; Lord Guan as a Monastic Guardian; CONCLUDING COMMENTS 3: The Exorcism of the Salt Ponds at XieTHE SALT PONDS OF XIE PREFECTURE; EXECUTING THE DRAGON; The Exorcism of the Dragon; Lord Guan, the Daoist Exorcist General; The Heavenly Master as a Queller of Demons; The Spread of the Cult in a Daoist Context; DESTROYING CHIYOU; The Full Northern Version; The Origins of the Northern Version; ROUNDING UP THE EVIDENCE; 4: A Deity's Conquest of China; THE ROLE OF NARRATIVE TRADITIONS; ANALYSING THE GEOGRAPHICAL DISTRIBUTION OF THE CULT; THE SPREAD OF THE CULT THROUGH THE CENTURIES; The Early Rise of the Cult; A LONG TERM PERSPECTIVE; APPENDIX A Survey of Early Foundations and Restorations5: The Divine Presence; MEETING THE DEITY; Early Imaginings; Divine Representations; Experiencing the Deity in Real Life; ENACTING THE DEITY; The Defeat of Chiyou; The Divine Presence in Theatrical Traditions; Early Evidence; Theatre and Local Worship; The Deity's Presence in Theatre; GUAN YU'S LIFE IN FOLKTALES; The Fighter of Bullies; The Misogynous Hero and the Absence of Female Worship; PROVIDING NARRATIVE CONTEXT; 6: Bringing Rain and Protection; THE RAIN DEITY; A Dragon Deity; The Thirteenth Day of Fifth Month; The Incarnated Dragon The Divine Bringer of RainTHE FIGHTING PROTECTOR; Fighting Demons; Fighting Illness; Fighting Barbarians, Bandits, Pirates, and Rebels; Supporting the Empire; A GOD OF WEALTH; CONCLUDING COMMENTS; 7: The Educated Deity; A PROTECTOR OF THE EDUCATED ELITE; THE LITERATE DEITY; The Cult at the Gate of Proper Yang; Master of the Spring and Autumn Annals; LITERATE COMMUNICATION; Prognostication Slips; Spirit Writing; CONCLUDING REMARKS; 8: Martial Keeper of Morals; DIVINE PUNISHER; AUTHOR OF MORAL TREATISES; Morality Books; The True Scripture to Awaken the World The Scripture Illuminating SaintlinessSAVIOUR IN A TIME OF CRISIS; Moral Rearmament; Becoming the Jade Emperor; CONCLUDING COMMENTS; 9: Summing Up and Looking Forward; CONSTRUCTING STORIES; LEGITIMATING SOCIAL VALUES; MODELS FOR INTERPRETING DIVINE CULTS; Bibliography; ABBREVIATIONS AND MAJOR SOURCE PUBLICATIONS; BIBLIOGRAPHY; Index
Responsibility: Barend J. ter Haar.

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