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

Barend J. Ter Haar

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ISBN 10: 9004110631 / ISBN 13: 9789004110632
Edité par Brill, Netherlands, 1998
Neuf(s) Etat : New Couverture rigide
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Language: English . Brand New Book. This monograph 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. The work includes fine discussions of Triad symbolism, initiation rituals, blood covenants, foundation myth, eschatology, political ideas and other topics. The origins of the Chinese Triads are newly interpreted, as well as the meanings and functions of their ritual and mythological lore, and how these fitted into local religious culture. N° de réf. du libraire AAN9789004110632

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

Éditeur : Brill, Netherlands

Date d'édition : 1998

Reliure : Hardback

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 in Brill's Scholar's List. In it the reader will find a critical evaluation of the extant sources together with a true wealth of context. 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. Has published on religious culture, traditional violence, Triads and sects, including The White Lotus Teachings in Chinese Religious History (Brill, 1992).

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