Religious Experience and Lay Society in T'ang China: A Reading of Tai Fu's 'Kuang-i Chi'

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Cambridge University Press, 20 thg 6, 2002 - 272 trang
The remains of Tai Fu's lost collection Kuang-i chi ('The Great Book of Marvels') preserve three hundred short tales of encounters with the other world. This study develops a style of close reading through which those tales give access to the lives of individuals in eighth-century China. Through the eyes of a mid-century county official the picture emerges of a complex lay society, served by a mixed priesthood of ritual practitioners, whose members' lives at all levels were profoundly shaped by their perceived experience of contact with the other world. It was a society embarking on fundamental change, and this book uses the sharp historical focus of Tai Fu's collection to study the dynamics of that change. The work gracefully reveals the transition from the beliefs and institutions of early mediaeval China towards those we now recognize as modern.
 

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A sequence of voices
1
A contemporary view
18
The dynamics of Tai Fus world
46
Movement in time
64
The worshippers of Mount Hua
86
The temple and its cult
87
A vernacular mythology
104
Yüchih Chiung at Anyang
117
Inscriptions on stone
122
Anecdotal sources
127
Victims of the Yuan Chao rebellion
137
Mating with spirits
154
Mortal women
161
The stories of Kuangi chi
175
List of works cited
239
Index
253

Sixthcentury background
118
Dynastic history
120

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