Cult of the Fox Power, Gender, and Popular Religion in Late Imperial and Modern China
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This wide-ranging work explores the shamanistic fox cult that has attracted large portions of the Chinese population since the late sixteenth century. As a symbol, the fox inhabits the space between such opposites as male and female, young and old, divine and demonic. It blurs rigid boundaries and forces a reconsideration of conventional social structures. Although fox cults were derided as illicit from their very inception, they continue to thrive. Departing from officially sanctioned histories and examining various anecdotal literatures through the lenses of historiography, ethnography, and literary studies, Kang explores the significance of this fascinating religious phenomenon as well as its intrinsic ties with Confucian ideals, Buddhism, Daoism, and popular gods in Chinese history.
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 12/7/2005
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Xiaofei Kang is an assistant professor of history at St. Mary's College of Maryland.
|List of Illustrations|
|Acknowledgments Map: The Chinese Empire in the Early Twentieth Century|
|Foxes in Early Chinese Tradition|
|Huxian and the Spread of the Fox Cult|
|Foxes and Domestic Worship|
|Foxes and Spirit Mediums|
|Foxes and Local Cults|
|Fox Spirits and Officials|