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Dry Spells State Rainmaking and Local Governance in Late Imperial China

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ISBN-10: 0674033345

ISBN-13: 9780674033344

Edition: 2009

Authors: Jeffrey Snyder-Reinke

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Chinese officials put considerable effort into managing the fiscal and legal affairs of their jurisdictions, but they also devoted significant time and energy to performing religious rituals on behalf of the state. This groundbreaking study explores this underappreciated aspect of Chinese political life by investigating rainmaking activities organized or conducted by local officials in the Qing dynasty. Using a wide variety of primary sources, this study explains how and why state rainmaking became a prominent feature of the late imperial religious landscape. It also vividly describes the esoteric, spectacular, and occasionally grotesque techniques officials used to pray for rain. Charting…    
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Book details

List price: $32.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 3/31/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Jeffrey Snyder-Reinke is Assistant Professor of History and Asian Studies at The College of Idaho.

A Tradition of Sorts
An Unruly Order
No Sacrifices Withheld
Master Ji's Rainmaking Method
The Importance of Being Earnest
Dong Zhongshu's Rainmaking Method note to Appendixes B, C
Master Ji Shenzhai's Complete Book of Rainmaking
Section on Rainmaking from On Officials and Secretaries Being in the Same Boat
Selected Bibliography