Ritual and Mythology of the Chinese Triads: Creating an Identity

By: Barend J. Ter Haar

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The extensive ritual and mythological lore of the Chinese Triads form the scope of this new paperback in Brill’s Scholar’s List. In it the reader will find a critical evaluation of the extant sources together with a true wealth of context. The core of the book is formed by a close reading of the initiation ritual, including the burning of incense, the altar, the enactment of a journey of life and death, and the blood covenant. Different narrative structures are also presented. These include the messianic demonological paradigm, political legitimation, and the foundation of myth. Triad lore is placed in its own religious and cultural context, allowing radically new conclusions about its origins, meanings and functions. This book is of special interest to social historians, anthropologists, and students of Chinese religious culture. 'Barend J. ter Haar's latest book is a breathtaking work of scholarship, charting new directions in the study of Chinese secret societies by grounding them in a sophisticated understanding of local popular and religious culture. If it is hardly the last word on this complex topic, no future work on secret societies, sectarian religion, or popular movements can afford to ignore this volume.' David Ownby, Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, 2000. Printed Pages: 534.

Title: Ritual and Mythology of the Chinese Triads: Creating an Identity

Author Name: Barend J. Ter Haar

Categories: China, Religion,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Leiden, The Netherlands, E.J. Brill: 1998

ISBN: 9004110631

ISBN 13: 9789004110632

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: As New

Size: 16.5 Cms x 25 Cms

Seller ID: 005030

Keywords: Ritual Mythology China Chinese