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The Ritual and Mythology of the Chinese Triads: Creating an Identity (Paperback)

Barend J. Ter Haar

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ISBN 10: 9004119442 / ISBN 13: 9789004119444
Edité par Brill, Netherlands, 2000
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Language: English . Brand New Book. This new paperback title in Brill s Scholars List presents a thorough investigation into the phenomenon of the Chinese Triads, their ritual and mythological lore, and their meanings and functions. On the foundations of a wide variety of primary and secondary sources, among which also recent Chinese scholarship, the author interprets Triad myth and ritual in their Chinese religious context. N° de réf. du libraire AAN9789004119444

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Titre : The Ritual and Mythology of the Chinese ...

Éditeur : Brill, Netherlands

Date d'édition : 2000

Reliure : Paperback

Etat du livre : New

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The extensive ritual and mythological lore of the Chinese Triads form the scope of this new paperback title in Brill's Scholars' List. The author critically evaluates the extant sources and offers a wealth of contextual information. The core of the book is formed by a close reading of the initiation ritual, including the burning of incense, the altar, the enactment of a journey of life and death, and the blood covenant. Different narrative structures are also presented. These include the messianic demonological paradigm, political legitimation, and the foundation of myth. Triad lore is placed in its own religious and cultural context, allowing radically new conclusions about its origins, meanings and functions. This book is of special interest to social historians, anthropologists, and students of Chinese religious culture.

About the Author:

Barend J. ter Haar, Doctorate (1990) in Sinology, University of Leiden. Professor of the Social and Economic History of China at the University of Heidelberg. Publications include The White Lotus Teachings in Chinese Religious History (Brill, 1992).

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