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Mysticism and Kingship in China (Julia Ching) Paperback Book, (Cambridge University Press, 1997) 9780521468282
Mysticism and Kingship in China (Julia Ching) Paperback Book, (Cambridge University Press, 1997) 9780521468282
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Title: Mysticism and Kingship in China

Author: Ching, Julia

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 1997

Paperback; ISBN: 9780521468282

Volumes: 1; Pages: 324

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In this book, Julia Ching offers a survey of over 4,000 years of Chinese civilization through an examination of the relationship between kingship and mysticism. She investigates the sage-king myth and ideal, arguing that institutions of kingship were bound up with cultivation of trance states and communication with spirits. Over time, the sage-king myth became a model for the actual ruler. As a paradigm, it was also appropriated by private individuals who strove for wisdom without becoming kings. As the Confucian tradition interacted with the Taoist and the Buddhist, the religious character of spiritual and mystical cultivation became more pronounced. But the sage-king idea continued, promoting expectations of benevolent despotism rather than democratization in Chinese civilization.ContentsPreface1. Son of heaven: shamanic kingship2. Son of heaven: kingship as cosmic paradigm3. The moral teacher as sage: philosophy appropriates the paradigm4. The metaphysician as sage: philosophy again appropriates the paradigm5. The paradigm enshrined: the authority of classics6. The mystic as sage: religion appropriates the paradigm7. The sage-king as messiah: religion again appropriates the paradigm8. All under heaven: political power and the periphery; A Glossary of Sino-Japanese names and termsBibliographyIndex
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