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Unruly Gods: Divinity and Society in China

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Unruly Gods: Divinity and Society in China is the first study in English to offer a systematic introduction to the Chinese pantheon of divinities. Until now, Chinese deities have often been presented as mere functionaries and bureaucrats. The essays in this volume eloquently document the existence of other images that allowed Chinese gods to challenge the prevailing power ...more
Hardcover, 290 pages
Published June 1st 1996 by University of Hawaii Press
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Patricia
An excellent anthology, edited by two notable experts in the field, of articles pertaining to 'Chinese gods', which is inclusive of Daoist, Buddhist, state and popular gods, gods which the introduction notes are "by no means distinct" (p. 3). If you are well read on Chinese religion and curious how all the various categories and hierarchies of gods in China fit together, this is a 'must' read. Individual chapters address individual popular gods that defy the Confucian elite in their popularity ( ...more
Jessica Zu
The editors are Meir Shahar and Robert P. Weller. Both contribute articles in this volume.
The most illuminating aspect of this book is its deep understanding of the complexity of Chinese religion(s), there are not only the well-known Buddhism, Daoism, and Confucianism (not the kind of -isms you think you know) but also the religion of popular fiction. As it turns out fictions of the supernatural, combined with drama, ritual, performance (and the troupe that travel around to perform), oral cultur
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