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Sinister Way
By Richard von Glahn

The Sinister Way

The Divine and the Demonic in Chinese Religious Culture

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Sinister Way by Richard von Glahn

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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. 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 Details

ISBN: 9780520234086
ISBN-10: 0520234081
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 28mm)
Pages: 397
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 19-Mar-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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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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