The Cult of the Fox: Power, Gender, and Popular Religion in Late Imperial and Modern China

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Columbia University Press, 7 dic 2005 - 288 pagine
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For more than five centuries the shamanistic fox cult has attracted large portions of the Chinese population and appealed to a wide range of social classes. Deemed illicit by imperial rulers and clerics and officially banned by republican and communist leaders, the fox cult has managed to survive and flourish in individual homes and community shrines throughout northern China. In this new work, the first to examine the fox cult as a vibrant popular religion, Xiaofei Kang explores the manifold meanings of the fox spirit in Chinese society. Kang describes various cult practices, activities of worship, and the exorcising of fox spirits to reveal how the Chinese people constructed their cultural and social values outside the gaze of offical power and morality.
 

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Indice

Introduction
1
1 Foxes in Early Chinese Tradition
14
2 Huxian and the Spread of the Fox Cult
44
3 Foxes and Domestic Worship
72
4 Foxes and Spirit Mediums
97
5 Foxes and Local Cults
127
6 Fox Spirits and Officials
161
Conclusion
191
Notes
203
Glossary
235
Bibliography
241
Index
261
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Xiaofei Kang is an assistant professor of history at St. Mary's College of Maryland.

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