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The Sacred Village: Social Change and Religious Life in Rural North China

Dubois, Thomas

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ISBN 10: 0824828372 / ISBN 13: 9780824828370
Verlag: Univ of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, 2005
Zustand: Fine Hardcover
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Unused pristine first edition bound in red boards with gilt title on spine. Dust jacket is unclipped, pristine, and protected in removable mylar. Based on rich documentary materials and ethnographic access over an extended period, this study explores two questions: what does religion mean in the everyday life of peasants? and what is the mental makeup that goes into peasant religiosity? 275 pages includes index, bibliography, character glossary, extensive notes. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 2080137239

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Titel: The Sacred Village: Social Change and ...

Verlag: Univ of Hawaii Press, Honolulu

Erscheinungsdatum: 2005

Einband: Boards

Zustand:Fine

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Fine

Auflage: 1st Edition

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Until recently, few villagers of rural North China ventured far from their homes. Their intensely local view of the world included knowledge of the immanent sacred realm, which derived from stories of divine revelations, cures, and miracles that circulated among neighboring villages. These stories gave direction to private devotion and served as a source of expert information on who the powerful deities were and what role they played in the human world. The structure of local society also shaped public devotion, as different groups expressed their economic and social concerns in organized worship. While some of these groups remained structurally intact in the face of historical change, others have changed dramatically, resulting in new patterns of religious organization and practice.

The Sacred Village introduces local religious life in Cang County, Hebei Province, as a lens through which to view the larger issue of how rural Chinese perspectives and behaviors were shaped by the sweeping social, political, and demographic changes of the last two centuries. Thomas DuBois combines new archival sources in Chinese and Japanese with his own fieldwork to produce a work that is compelling and intimate in detail. This dual approach also allows him to address the integration of external networks into local society and religious mentality and posit local society as a particular sphere in which the two are negotiated and transformed.

About the Author:

Thomas David DuBois is an associate professor of history at the National University of Singapore.

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