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Author Arrault, Alain, author
Title A history of cultic images in China : the domestic statuary of Hunan / Alain Arrault ; translated by Lina Verchery
Imprint Hong Kong : The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press, [2020]
book jacket
 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  BL1803 A773 2020    IN PROCESS    30530001355486
Descript x, 188 pages : color illustrations, map ; 27 cm
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Note In the past twenty years, work on the local culture of central Hunan has been one of the most exciting sources for rethinking the nature and variety of Chinese local society. At the heart of this society is a kind of statuary found nowhere else in China-sculpted images of local people, primarily religious specialists of a wide range, but also parents and ancestors who, according to Confucian orthodoxy, should be represented by tablets, not statues. While the consecration ceremonies of these statues include rites that are common to all China, they are embedded in unique local ritual traditions. Based on two decades of international collaborative research, Alain Arrault focuses on some 4,000 of these statues and studies them on the basis of consecration certificates inserted in the statues, the earliest of which date to the sixteenth century
General presentation -- Divinities and humans -- The religious orders -- Statues in context
Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Cults -- China
Statues -- China -- History
Alt Author Verchery, Lina, translator
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