Mysticism and Kingship in China : The Heart of Chinese Wisdom

By: Ching, Julia

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xxi, 302p. Dark Blue Boards. Internally fine copy. Front board is bent down the middle, causing bowing . This is a quite serviceable copy. n 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.

Title: Mysticism and Kingship in China : The Heart of Chinese Wisdom

Author Name: Ching, Julia

Categories: Historical,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Cambridge, Cambridge University Press: 1997

ISBN Number: 0521462932

ISBN Number 13: 9780521462938

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall

Seller ID: 026864

Keywords: CHINA--POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT. CHINA--KINGS RULERS. KINGS RULERS-- RELIGIOUS ASPECTS. PHILOSOPHY, CONFUCIAN.