Mysticism and Kingship in China
The Heart of Chinese Wisdom
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Mysticism and Kingship in China by Julia Ching
Book DescriptionIn this book, Julia Ching offers a magisterial survey of over four thousand years of Chinese civilisation through an examination of the relationship between kingship and mysticism. She investigates the sage-king myth and ideal, arguing that institutions of kingship were bound up with cultivation of trance states and communication with spirits. Over time, these associations were retained, though sidelined, as the sage-king myth became a model for the actual ruler, with a messianic appeal for the ruled. As a paradigm, it also became appropriated by private individuals who strove for wisdom without becoming kings. As the Confucian tradition interacted with the Taoist and the Buddhist, the religious character of spiritual and mystical cultivation became more pronounced. But the sage-king idea continued, promoting expectations of benevolent despotism rather than democratisation in Chinese civilisation.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521468282
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 13-Nov-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Julia Ching
Religious Thought of Chu Hsi, Hardback (November 2000)
Recognized as one of the greatest philosophers in classical China, Chu Hsi (1130-1200) is known in the West through translations of one of his many works, the Chin-ssu Lu. This study offers an examination of Chu Hsi's religious thought, based on readings of both primary and secondary sources.
Mysticism and Kingship in China, Hardback (November 1997)
Surveys over four thousand years of Chinese civilisation through an examination of the relationship between kingship and mysticism.
Chinese Religions, Paperback (August 1993)» View all books by Julia Ching
A comprehensive work on the religions of China, which includes chapters on ancient religions, Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, Chinese Islam, Christianity in China, as well as on popular religion. There is a continuity between religion and philosophy through the maxim "Heaven and man are one".
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