By Mark R. E. Meulenbeld
By exploring how the unconventional displays the explicit matters of groups linked to Fengshen yanyi and its ideology, Meulenbeld is ready to reconstruct the cultural sphere during which Daoist exorcist rituals educated past due imperial "novels." He first seems to be at temple networks and their spiritual fairs. prepared through neighborhood groups for territorial security, those networks featured martial narratives concerning the strong and heroic deeds of the gods. He then exhibits that it's by way of dramatic practices like ritual, theatre, and temple processions that divine acts have been embodied and taken to existence. a lot consciousness is given to neighborhood militias who embodied "demon squaddies" as a part of their protecting recommendations. quite a few Ming emperors actively sought the aid of those neighborhood non secular networks or even endured to ask Daoist ritualists with the intention to successfully marshal the forces of neighborhood gods with their neighborhood demon infantrymen into the authentic, imperial reserves of army power.
This strange ebook establishes as soon as and for the entire significance of knowing the idealized realities of literary texts inside of a bigger context of cultural perform and socio-political heritage. Of specific significance is the continued conversation with spiritual ideology that informs those diverse discourses. Meulenbeld's ebook makes a powerful case for the necessity to debunk the retrospective examining of China in the course of the glossy, secular Western different types of "literature," "society," and "politics." He exhibits that this forget of non secular dynamics has distorted our knowing of China and that "religion" can't be comfortably 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