The Sinister Way
The Divine and the Demonic in Chinese Religious Culture
By (author) Richard von Glahn
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Sinister Way by Richard von Glahn
Book DescriptionThe most striking feature of Wutong, the preeminent God of Wealth in late imperial China, was the deity's diabolical character. Wutong was perceived not as a heroic figure or paragon of noble qualities but rather as an embodiment of humanity's basest vices, greed and lust, a maleficent demon who preyed on the weak and vulnerable. In "The Sinister Way", Richard von Glahn examines the emergence and evolution of the Wutong cult within the larger framework of the historical development of Chinese popular or vernacular religion - as opposed to institutional religions such as Buddhism or Daoism. Von Glahn's study, spanning three millennia, gives due recognition to the morally ambivalent and demonic aspects of divine power within the common Chinese religious culture.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520234086
(229mm x 152mm x 28mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 19-Mar-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Richard von Glahn
Economic History of China, Paperback (March 2016)
The first comprehensive study of China's economic development across 3,000 years of history to be published in English.
Song-Yuan-Ming Transition in Chinese History, Hardback (July 2003)
This volume seeks to study the connections between two well-studied epochs in Chinese history: the mid-imperial era of the Tang and Song (ca 800-1270) and the late imperial era of the late Ming and Quin (1550-1900).
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The most striking feature of Wutong, the preeminent God of Wealth in late imperial China, was the deity's diabolical character. This title examines the emergence and evolution of the Wutong cult within the larger framework of the historical development of Chinese popular or vernacular religion.
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Author Biography - Richard von Glahn
Richard von Glahn is Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the coeditor of The Song-Yuan-Ming Transition in Chinese History (2003) and the author of Fountain of Fortune: Money and Monetary Policy in China, 1000-1700 (California, 1996) and The Country of Streams and Grottoes: Expansion, Settlement, and the Civilizing of the Sichuan Frontier in Song Times (1987).
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