Food Sacrifice And Sagehood In Early China

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Food Sacrifice And Sagehood In Early China

Author : Roel Sterckx
ISBN : 9781139495448
Genre : History
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In ancient China, the preparation of food and the offering up of food as a religious sacrifice were intimately connected with models of sagehood and ideas of self-cultivation and morality. Drawing on received and newly excavated written sources, Roel Sterckx's book explores how this vibrant culture influenced the ways in which the early Chinese explained the workings of the human senses, and the role of sensory experience in communicating with the spirit world. The book, which begins with a survey of dietary culture from the Zhou to the Han, offers intriguing insights into the ritual preparation of food - some butchers and cooks were highly regarded and would rise to positions of influence as a result of their culinary skills - and the sacrificial ceremony itself. As a major contribution to the study of early China and to the development of philosophical thought, the book will be essential reading for students of the period, and for anyone interested in ritual and religion in the ancient world.
Category: History

Food In Time And Place

Author : Paul Freedman
ISBN : 9780520283589
Genre : Cooking
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Food and cuisine are important subjects for historians across many areas of study. Food, after all, is one of the most basic human needs and a foundational part of social and cultural histories. Such topics as famines, food supply, nutrition, and public health are addressed by historians specializing in every era and every nation. Food in Time and Place delivers an unprecedented review of the state of historical research on food, endorsed by the American Historical Association, providing readers with a geographically, chronologically, and topically broad understanding of food cultures—from ancient Mediterranean and medieval societies to France and its domination of haute cuisine. Teachers, students, and scholars in food history will appreciate coverage of different thematic concerns, such as transfers of crops, conquest, colonization, immigration, and modern forms of globalization.
Category: Cooking

Routledge Handbook Of Early Chinese History

Author : Paul R. Goldin
ISBN : 9781317681915
Genre : History
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The study of early China has been radically transformed over the past fifty years by archaeological discoveries, including both textual and non-textual artefacts. Excavations of settlements and tombs have demonstrated that most people did not lead their lives in accordance with ritual canons, while previously unknown documents have shown that most received histories were written retrospectively by victors and present a correspondingly anachronistic perspective. This handbook provides an authoritative survey of the major periods of Chinese history from the Neolithic era to the fall of the Latter Han Empire and the end of antiquity (AD 220). It is the first volume to include not only a comprehensive review of political history but also detailed treatments of topics that transcend particular historical periods, such as: Warfare and political thought Cities and agriculture Language and art Medicine and mathematics Providing a detailed analysis of the most up-to-date research by leading scholars in the field of early Chinese history, this book will be useful to students and scholars of Chinese history, Asian archaeology, and Chinese studies in general.
Category: History

Exemplary Women Of Early China

Author : Xiang Liu
ISBN : 9780231536080
Genre : History
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In early China, was it correct for a woman to disobey her father, contradict her husband, or shape the public policy of a son who ruled over a dynasty or state? According to the Lienü zhuan, or Categorized Biographies of Women, it was not only appropriate but necessary for women to step in with wise counsel when fathers, husbands, or rulers strayed from the path of virtue. Compiled toward the end of the Former Han dynasty (202 BCE-9 CE) by Liu Xiang (79-8 BCE), the Lienü zhuan is the earliest extant book in the Chinese tradition solely devoted to the education of women. Far from providing a unified vision of women's roles, the text promotes a diverse and sometimes contradictory range of practices. At one extreme are exemplars resorting to suicide and self-mutilation as a means to preserve chastity and ritual orthodoxy. At the other are bold and outspoken women whose rhetorical mastery helps correct erring rulers, sons, and husbands. The text provides a fascinating overview of the representation of women's roles in early legends, formal speeches on statecraft, and highly fictionalized historical accounts during this foundational period of Chinese history. Over time, the biographies of women became a regular feature of dynastic and local histories and a vehicle for expressing and transmitting concerns about women's social, political, and domestic roles. The Lienü zhuan is also rich in information about the daily life, rituals, and domestic concerns of early China. Inspired by its accounts, artists across the millennia have depicted its stories on screens, paintings, lacquer ware, murals, and stone relief sculpture, extending its reach to literate and illiterate audiences alike.
Category: History

The Emperor S Feast

Author : Jonathan Clements
ISBN : 9781529332438
Genre : History
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From the humble takeaway to the high-end restaurants of a big-city Chinatown, Chinese food can be found everywhere in the world. But the meals on offer merely scratch the surface of a rich and diverse culinary tradition that stretches over 5,000 years of history and over several continents. In The Emperor's Feast, author and presenter Jonathan Clements serves up the history of China not according to emperors or battles, but according to its food and drink. This unique history takes us from the rudimentary grain stews of the Bronze Age to the globalised restaurants of the 21st century, revealing how developments in politics, culture and technology created the ingredients, dishes and eating habits that define Chinese food today. We see the influence of invaders such as the Mongols and the Manchus, and discover how food - like the fiery cuisine of Sichuan or the hardy dishes of the north - often became a stand-in for regional and national identities. We also follow Chinese flavours to the shores of Europe and America, where enterprising chefs and home cooks created new traditions and dishes unheard of in the homeland. From dim sum to mooncakes to General Tso's chicken, The Emperor's Feast shows us that the story of Chinese food is ultimately the story of a nation: not just the one that history tells us, but also the one that China tells about itself.
Category: History

Tang Dynasty Tales

Author : William H. Nienhauser
ISBN : 9789814719537
Genre : Literary Criticism
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"This volume supplements Tang Tales, A Guided Reader (Volume 1; 2010) and presents twelve more Tang tales, going beyond the standard corpus of these narratives to include six stories translated into English for the first time. The rich annotation and translator's notes for these twelve tales provide insights into many aspects of Tang material culture and medieval thought, including Buddhism and Daoism. In addition to meticulously annotated translations, the book offers original texts (with some textual notes), and commentaries in the form of translator's notes, thereby joining the first volume of Tang tales as the only collections that introduce students to Tang tales while also challenging specialists interested in the field."--
Category: Literary Criticism

Tang Dynasty Tales

Author : William H Nienhauser, Jr.
ISBN : 9789814719544
Genre : Literary Collections
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' This volume supplements Tang Tales, A Guided Reader (Volume 1; 2010) and presents twelve more Tang tales, going beyond the standard corpus of these narratives to include six stories translated into English for the first time. The rich annotation and translator''s notes for these twelve tales provide insights into many aspects of Tang material culture and medieval thought, including Buddhism and Daoism. In addition to meticulously annotated translations, the book offers original texts (with some textual notes), and commentaries in the form of translator''s notes, thereby joining the first volume of Tang tales as the only collections that introduce students to Tang tales while also challenging specialists interested in the field. Contents:"The Tale of the Supernatural Marriage at Dongting" 洞庭靈姻傳 (Li Chaowei 李朝威)"Zhang Lao" 張老 (Li Liang 李諒)"Yin Tianxiang" 殷天祥 (Shen Fen 沈汾)"Xue Yi" 薛義 (Dai Fu 戴孚)"An Account of Feng Yan" 馮燕傳 (Shen Yazhi 沈亞之)"A Record of Dream of Qin" 秦夢記 (Shen Yazhi 沈亞之)"The Biography of Ge Hua, Marquis of Xiapi" 下邳候革華傳 (Anonymous)"An Account of Mid-rivers" 河間傳 (Liu Zongyuan 柳宗元)"Scholar Cui" 崔書生 (Niu Sengru 牛僧孺)"Third Lady of Plank Bridge Inn" 板橋三娘子 (Xue Yusi 薛漁思)"An Account of Xie Xiao''e" 謝小娥傳 (Li Gongzuo 李公左)"Monk Attached to Emptiness" 僧契虛 (Zhang Du 張讀) Readership: Academics and students interested in medieval Chinese literature; general public interested in early fiction. Key Features:Expands the corpus of Tang tales by including several previously untranslated works from the Daoist and Buddhist traditionsIncludes examples of the well-known pseudo-biographies by Liu Zongyuan and a follower of Han YuMany aspects of Tang culture are explained in the notesKeywords:Tang Tales;Traditional Fiction;Chinese Narratives;Tang Culture;Chuanqi;Tang Literature'
Category: Literary Collections

The Never Ending Feast

Author : Kaori O'Connor
ISBN : 9781847889270
Genre : Architecture
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Feast! Throughout human history, and in all parts of the world, feasts have been at the heart of life. The great museums of the world are full of the remains of countless ghostly feasts – dishes that once bore rich meats, pitchers used to pour choice wines, tall jars that held beer sipped through long straws of gold and lapis, immense cauldrons from which hundreds of people could be served. Why were feasts so important, and is there more to feasting than abundance and enjoyment? The Never-Ending Feast is a pioneering work that draws on anthropology, archaeology and history to look at the dynamics of feasting among the great societies of antiquity renowned for their magnificence and might. Reflecting new directions in academic study, the focus shifts beyond the medieval and early modern periods in Western Europe, eastwards to Mesopotamia, Assyria and Achaemenid Persia, early Greece, the Mongol Empire, Shang China and Heian Japan. The past speaks through texts and artefacts. We see how feasts were the primary arena for displays of hierarchy, status and power; a stage upon which loyalties and alliances were negotiated; the occasion for the mobilization and distribution of resources, a means of pleasing the gods, and the place where identities were created, consolidated – and destroyed. The Never-Ending Feast transforms our understanding of feasting past and present, revitalising the fields of anthropology, archaeology, history, museum studies, material culture and food studies, for all of which it is essential reading.
Category: Architecture

Animals Through Chinese History

Author : Dagmar Schäfer
ISBN : 9781108428156
Genre : History
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This innovative new collection opens a door into the rich history of animals in China. This title is also available as Open Access.
Category: History

Anthropos

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ISBN : UOM:39015063390671
Genre : Ethnology
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Category: Ethnology

Hua I Hs Eh Chih

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ISBN : UOM:39015074915631
Genre : Asia
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Contains bibliographies and book reviews.
Category: Asia

The Dictionary Of Bible And Religion

Author : William H. Gentz
ISBN : UOM:39015010766940
Genre : Religion
File Size : 57.42 MB
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Defines religious and theological terms, and identifies religious leaders, writers, theologians, composers, educators, translators, and organizations
Category: Religion

Dictionary Of Ming Biography 1368 1644

Author : Association for Asian Studies. Ming Biographical History Project Committee
ISBN : UOM:49015002855030
Genre : China
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Category: China