7B OUTLINE

7B OUTLINE - local earth god or tudi gong o in the local...

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Local religion; the state as a religious institution; “Dark Learning” and the Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove I. Local religion (section exercise next week) II. The state as a religious institution (CRT 105-7) In imperial times (beginning with the Qin dynasty in 221 B.C.E. and continuing all the way to the end of the Qing dynasty in 1911 C.E.), the Chinese state could be defined as that institution which had as its primary function the maintenance of proper relations between humanity and cosmos. It accomplished this function by means of sacrificial ritual: that is, by the periodic offering of ritual feasts to an elaborate panoply of gods at many hierarchical levels, from Heaven in the national capitol down to the
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Unformatted text preview: local earth god or tudi gong o in the local earth god shrine or she o . III. Dark Learning (or Learning of the Mysterious) and the Seven Sages of the 1 Bamboo Grove (SCT 377-391) Significance of the term xuan o (dark, mysterious) A utopian rebellion against ceremony and other schemes of locative order Xi Kang (223-262 C.E.): A gentleman is so called because he is not fixed in his mind as to what is right and wrong, but acts without violating the Way. He is without attachments or desire, yet in tune with the rhythms of the natural and social worlds, hence able to respond to them effectively. 2...
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course REL 135g taught by Professor Robertfordcampany during the Spring '08 term at USC.

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