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Cult of the Fox Power, Gender, and Popular Religion in Late Imperial and Modern China

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ISBN-10: 0231133383

ISBN-13: 9780231133388

Edition: 2005

Authors: Xiaofei Kang

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Description:

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.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 12/7/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

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
Introduction
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
Conclusion
Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Index