Changing Gods in Medieval China, 1127-1276

Changing Gods in Medieval China In her study of medieval Chinese lay practices and beliefs Valerie Hansen argues that social and economic developments underlay religious changes in the Southern Song Unfamiliar with the contents of

  • Title: Changing Gods in Medieval China, 1127-1276
  • Author: ValerieHansen
  • ISBN: 9780691055596
  • Page: 275
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In her study of medieval Chinese lay practices and beliefs, Valerie Hansen argues that social and economic developments underlay religious changes in the Southern Song Unfamiliar with the contents of Buddhist and Daoist texts, the common people hired the practitioner or prayed to the god they thought could cure the ill or bring rain As the economy rapidly developed, theIn her study of medieval Chinese lay practices and beliefs, Valerie Hansen argues that social and economic developments underlay religious changes in the Southern Song Unfamiliar with the contents of Buddhist and Daoist texts, the common people hired the practitioner or prayed to the god they thought could cure the ill or bring rain As the economy rapidly developed, the gods, like the people who worshiped them, diversified their realm of influence expanded as some gods began to deal on the national grain market and others advised their followers on business transactions In order to trace this evolution, the author draws information from temple inscriptions, literary notes, the administrative law code, and local histories By contrasting differing rates of religious change in the lowland and highland regions of the lower Yangzi valley, Hansen suggests that the commercial and social developments were far less uniform than previously thought In 1100, nearly all people in South China worshiped gods who had been local residents prior to their deaths The increasing mobility of cultivators in the lowland, rice growing regions resulted in the adoption of gods from other places Cults in the isolated mountain areas showed considerably less change.

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