About the Author: John Lagerwey

Currently at the Centre for East Asian Studies The Chinese University of Hong Kong Shatin , NT, Hong Kong Education 1992 Diploma of Habilitation for the direction of doctoral theses, University of Paris VII Jussieu 1975 77 Post doctoral study of Taoism under professors Max Kaltenmark and Kristofer Schipper, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes Paris Sorbonne 1975 Ph.D Chinese Literature,

[BOOKS] ✪ China  By John Lagerwey –
  • Paperback
  • 246 pages
  • China
  • John Lagerwey
  • English
  • 23 August 2018
  • 9789888028047

China Over The Last Forty Years, Our Vision Of Chinese Culture And History Has Been Transformed By The Discovery Of The Role Of Religion In Chinese State Making And In Local Society The Daoist Religion, In Particular, Long Despised As Superstitious , Has Recovered Its Place As The Native Higher Religion But While The Chinese State Tried From The Fifth Century On To Construct An Orthodoxy Based On Confucianism, Daoism, And Buddhism, Local Society Everywhere Carved Out For Itself Its Own Geomantically Defined Space And Organized Itself Around Local Festivals In Honor Of Gods Of Its Own Choosing Gods Who Were Often Invented And Then Represented By Illiterate Mediums Looking At China From The Point Of View Of Elite Or Popular Culture Therefore Produces Very Different Results John Lagerwey Has Done Extensive Fieldwork On Local Society And Its Festivals This Book Represents A First Attempt To Use This New Research To Integrate Top Down And Bottom Up Views Of Chinese Society, Culture, And History It Should Be Of Interest To A Wide Range Of China Specialists, Students Of Religion And Popular Culture, As Well As Participants In The Ongoing Interdisciplinary Dialogue Between Historians And Anthropologists.

12 thoughts on “China

  1. J says:

    In a word, astounding.In meticulous detail, and with a frightening grasp of arcane rituals in ancient texts and modern practice, Lagerway demonstrates how China was Daoist not Confucian The mysterious powers of order and chaos, gods and ghosts, historical and mythical imagination, ritual activity and ritual architecture and ritual expenditure, local festivals and imperial patronage the whole whack, assimilating, taming and incorporating all manner of Buddhist ideas when the anti Buddhist campaigns of chapel and shrine destruction, forcible laicisation of monks and nuns and book burnings that kicked off in 445, 714 and 840 proved unsustainable or undesirable , building on, critiquing and supplanting countless local shamans, exorcists and witches across the land as far as was possible, over millennia, often with the violent suppressive collusion of government , and the ongoing invention, re invention and embrace of Daoist revelations old and new and the canonization and embrace of many semi divine figures into the pantheon All of this vastly overshadowed the cult of the ancestors forbidden to the common people according to the Book of Rites, and not opened up to them until almost two thousand years had passed and the rationalism of the Confucian elite Wh...

  2. Anders Hjortshøj says:

    Chinese religion is a baffling and endlessly complicated subject to study and record, let alone to interpret In this short volume, however, John Lagerwey has managed to convincingly make sense of the bewildering morass of Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism, folk religion, etc that was the everyday belief system of most Chinese until very recently.The book consists of two sections of equal length that differ greatly in content In the first half, the author traces the development of the pantheon and worldview, from the Shang dynasty to the 20th century, that would become the raw material of popular religious practice The fruitful competition between Buddhism and Daoism from the Han onward, which led to each becoming increasingly institutional and text heavy as it cemented its hold on the population, is especially well described.Traditional China is best seen, he argues, as a continent of spirits tied together by harmonizing social orders, from the emperor through local society down to the self cultivating individual It was organized as a China of Confucian time and history, and Daoist space and cosmos The second half is a meticulous for s...