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The Resource Demonic warfare : Daoism, territorial networks, and the history of a Ming novel, Mark R.E. Meulenbeld

Demonic warfare : Daoism, territorial networks, and the history of a Ming novel, Mark R.E. Meulenbeld

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Demonic warfare : Daoism, territorial networks, and the history of a Ming novel
Title
Demonic warfare
Title remainder
Daoism, territorial networks, and the history of a Ming novel
Statement of responsibility
Mark R.E. Meulenbeld
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Revealing the fundamental continuities that exist between vernacular fiction and exorcist, martial rituals in the vernacular language, Mark Meulenbeld argues that a specific type of Daoist exorcism helped shape vernacular novels in the late Ming dynasty (1368–1644). Focusing on the once famous novel Fengshen yanyi ("Canonization of the Gods"), the author maps out the general ritual structure and divine protagonists that it borrows from much older systems of Daoist exorcism.By exploring how the novel reflects the specific concerns of communities associated with Fengshen yanyi and its ideology, Meulenbeld is able to reconstruct the cultural sphere in which Daoist exorcist rituals informed late imperial "novels." He first looks at temple networks and their religious festivals. Organized by local communities for territorial protection, these networks featured martial narratives about the powerful and heroic deeds of the gods. He then shows that it is by means of dramatic practices like ritual, theatre, and temple processions that divine acts were embodied and brought to life. Much attention is given to local militias who embodied "demon soldiers" as part of their defensive strategies. Various Ming emperors actively sought the support of these local religious networks and even continued to invite Daoist ritualists so as to efficiently marshal the forces of local gods with their local demon soldiers into the official, imperial reserves of military power.This unusual book establishes once and for all the importance of understanding the idealized realities of literary texts within a larger context of cultural practice and socio-political history. Of particular importance is the ongoing dialog with religious ideology that informs these different discourses. Meulenbeld's book makes a convincing case for the need to debunk the retrospective reading of China through the modern, secular Western categories of "literature," "society," and "politics." He shows that this disregard of religious dynamics has distorted our understanding of China and that "religion" cannot be conveniently isolated from scholarly analysis
Cataloging source
P@U
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1972-
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Meulenbeld, Mark R. E.
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Chinese fiction
  • Taoism in literature
  • Demonology in literature
  • Ritual in literature
  • RELIGION
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • Chinese fiction
  • Demonology in literature
  • Ritual in literature
  • Taoism in literature
  • Ritual
  • Taoismus
  • Taoismus
  • Kampfsport
  • Rituelle Magie
  • Dämon
  • Exorzismus
  • Territorium
  • China
  • Kinesisk litteratur
  • Taoism i litteraturen
  • Demonologi i litteraturen
Label
Demonic warfare : Daoism, territorial networks, and the history of a Ming novel, Mark R.E. Meulenbeld
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-266) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Novels and the work of the Gods -- Invention of the novel: from stage act and temple ritual to literary text -- King Wu's sacred history: the conquest of inimical gods -- Demonic warfare during the Yuan: thunder ritual, unruly spirits, and local militias -- Demonic warfare during the Ming: the emperor and his Daoist warriors -- The order of the Ming novel: hierarchies of spirits and gods -- Conclusion: From local ritual to literature of canonization
Control code
ocn905734208
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 273 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780824838454
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt13nf1rz
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)905734208
Label
Demonic warfare : Daoism, territorial networks, and the history of a Ming novel, Mark R.E. Meulenbeld
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-266) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Novels and the work of the Gods -- Invention of the novel: from stage act and temple ritual to literary text -- King Wu's sacred history: the conquest of inimical gods -- Demonic warfare during the Yuan: thunder ritual, unruly spirits, and local militias -- Demonic warfare during the Ming: the emperor and his Daoist warriors -- The order of the Ming novel: hierarchies of spirits and gods -- Conclusion: From local ritual to literature of canonization
Control code
ocn905734208
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 273 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780824838454
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt13nf1rz
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)905734208

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