Ritual and Mythology of the Chinese Triads

Ritual and Mythology of the Chinese Triads

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The extensive ritual and mythological lore of the Chinese Triads form the scope of the new title in Brill's monograph series Sinica Leidensia. The author evaluates the extant sources and introduces several little used Triad manuals, as well as a wealth of contextual information. Triad lore is placed in its own religious and cultural context, allowing radically new conclusions about its origins, meanings and functions. Readership: Those interested in late imperial China's social and religious history, Chinese Triads, local ritual traditions, charter myths, as well as anthropologists, Asian administrators and overseas Chinese, and martial arts practitioners.Moreover, the anonymous creators of this lore must have had a fair knowledge of elite as well as written Chinese culture, ... of aquot;highaquot; elite culture, since such a burner was one of the most prized aquot;antiquesaquot; among the wealthy elite of the late Ming. ... The Hakka scholar Luo Xianglin has noted that the language of a manual in his private posession, stemming from the ... b. pure Cantonese: Or. 8207 B2, Or. 8207 C, Or. 8207 E2; c. a mixture of Mandarin and a Xunzhou ( Guangxi) variant ofanbsp;...

Title:Ritual and Mythology of the Chinese Triads
Author:B. J. Ter Haar
Publisher:BRILL - 1998


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