New PDF release: China : a religious state

By John Lagerwey

ISBN-10: 9882205518

ISBN-13: 9789882205512

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ISBN-13: 9789888028030

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The chinese language nation has continuously been a non secular one, during which pantheons and rituals have been principal political matters. yet whereas the nation frequently sophisticated its definition of orthodoxy, chinese language neighborhood society worshiped gods of its personal selecting and arranged itself autonomously in geomantic house, in response to a neighborhood competition calendar.

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A debate in 696 on the Scripture of Foreign Conversion (Huahu jing fli'tJl#JlS:) concluded it was authentic, and that Buddhism therefore derived from Daoism, but a new discussion in 705 came to the opposite conclusion and an order was given to destroy the scripture and efface all paintings of this subject in Daoist temples and all portraits of Laozi in Buddhist temples. The height of Daoist influence was reached under Xuanzong (r. 713-756). One factor was clearly the loss of taxes due to the creation of Buddhist chapels on the estates of the wealthy, especially graveside chapels, called Merit Halls (gongde yuan J3J t~fl7t).

In the year 325, the descendants of Confucius were 29 given the wherewithal to sacrifice to him four times a year. The story of the state's relations with Daoism in this period begins with the capitulation by Heavenly Master Zhang Lu 5~:t- to Cao Cao in the year 215. Cao Cao gave titles to Zhang and his five sons, a fief of ten thousand families to Zhang, and the hand of his son in marriage to Zhang's daughter. : in 477, twenty-five years after the end of the first persecution of Buddhism, there were about 100 monasteries in the capital and more than 2,000 monks and nuns; in the Wei empire, there were 6,478 temples and 77,258 monks and nuns.

In one , the quotidian is transformed into a space of the absolute that will identify the community with the values of centrality and harmony; in the other, the quotidian is transformed into a space of conditioned power that will identifY the community with the limits of that power, with defensible boundaries. S6 A Brief History of the Pantheon 45 While, as we shall see, the development of Daoist domination of the martial owes much to Tantrism, Buddhism, in part because of its virtual monopoly on rites for the dead, had long since come to be identified with texts and the civil administration.

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