By Mark R. E. Meulenbeld
By exploring how the unconventional displays the categorical matters of groups linked to Fengshen yanyi and its ideology, Meulenbeld is ready to reconstruct the cultural sphere during which Daoist exorcist rituals proficient overdue imperial "novels." He first appears at temple networks and their non secular fairs. equipped through neighborhood groups for territorial safeguard, those networks featured martial narratives concerning the strong and heroic deeds of the gods. He then indicates that it really is via dramatic practices like ritual, theatre, and temple processions that divine acts have been embodied and taken to existence. a lot awareness is given to neighborhood militias who embodied "demon squaddies" as a part of their shielding options. a number of Ming emperors actively sought the aid of those neighborhood non secular networks or even persevered to ask Daoist ritualists to be able to successfully marshal the forces of neighborhood gods with their neighborhood demon squaddies into the reliable, imperial reserves of army power.
This strange ebook establishes as soon as and for the entire value of realizing the idealized realities of literary texts inside of a bigger context of cultural perform and socio-political background. Of specific significance is the continued conversation with non secular ideology that informs those various discourses. Meulenbeld's booklet makes a resounding case for the necessity to debunk the retrospective studying of China during the smooth, secular Western different types of "literature," "society," and "politics." He exhibits that this omit of spiritual dynamics has distorted our figuring out of China and that "religion" can't be very easily remoted from scholarly analysis.
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Demonic Warfare: Daoism, Territorial Networks, and the History of a Ming Novel by Mark R. E. Meulenbeld