China : a religious state by John Lagerwey

By John Lagerwey

The chinese language nation has consistently been a spiritual one, within which pantheons and rituals have been important political issues. yet whereas the kingdom usually subtle its definition of orthodoxy, chinese language neighborhood society worshiped gods of its personal making a choice on and arranged itself autonomously in geomantic area, in line with a neighborhood competition calendar.

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Wechsler concludes that, From this it can be inferred that the power of the ancestors to legitimate political authority, symbolized by the yeh-miao rite , had been replaced in the early T'ang by a more direct and therefore more powerful device that did away with the need for ancestors to 40 China: A Religious State serve as intermediaries between Heaven and the emperor suburban altar rites. 64 the During the Tang, although the systems of both Wang Su and Zheng Xuan were practiced at one time or another, it was the unitary system of Wang that was adopted in the imperial ritual codes of 658 and then the Kaiyuan era.

39 In 439, imperial steles evoking these events were set up on Songshan and Huashan • ill, the central and western of the five sacred mountains. That on Huashan refers to Kou as the successor to the Heavenly Master ~7C~jjl who, during his more than thirty years on the Central Peak, accumulated merit, accomplished the Dao, and moved the obscure Void. " In 442, he became the first emperor in history to receive a Daoist initiation. In 445, after the discovery of arms in a Chang'an monastery, Shizu ordered the execution of all the monks of Chang'an and the destruction of all Buddhist images, and then the extension of the edict to the entire empire.

27 It is perhaps not mere chance that the earliest known representation of the Queen Mother dates to the same period and shows her, on the ceiling of a tomb, welcoming a deceased couple "shown in their ascension to the heavens, escorted by mythical animals ... ,,28 The Period of Division (AD 220-589) The primary feature of this period is the emergence of Daoism and Buddhism as rivals of Confucianism for state support together with the creation of a kind of united front of the "three teachings" (sanjiao =::-qj: ) against shamanism.

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