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The most striking feature of Wutong, the preeminent God of Wealth in late imperial China, was the deity's diabolical character. Wutong was perceived not as a heroic figure or paragon of noble...

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The Sinister Way: The Divine and the Demonic in Chinese Religious Culture

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This edition of The Sinister Way: The Divine and the Demonic in Chinese Religious Culture was issued in Hardcover. The volume of the book is 397 pages (approximate value, can be different depending on the edition).

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Original Title
The Sinister Way: The Divine and the Demonic in Chinese Religious Culture
ISBN13
9780520234086
Edition Format
Hardcover
Number of Pages
397 pages
Book Language
English
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The most striking feature of Wutong, the preeminent God of Wealth in late imperial china, was the deity's diabolical character. Wutong was perceived not as a heroic figure or paragon of noble qualities but rather as an embodiment of humanity's basest vices, greed and lust, a maleficent demon who preyed on the weak and vulnerable. In The Sinister Way, Richard von Glahn exam The most striking feature of Wutong, the preeminent God of Wealth in late imperial China, was the deity's diabolical character.

Wutong was perceived not as a heroic figure or paragon of noble qualities but rather as an embodiment of humanity's basest vices, greed and lust, a maleficent demon who preyed on the weak and vulnerable. In The Sinister Way, Richard von Glahn examines the emergence and evolution of the Wutong cult within the larger framework of the historical development of Chinese popular or vernacular religion—as opposed to institutional religions such as Buddhism or Daoism. Von Glahn's study, spanning three millennia, gives due recognition to the morally ambivalent and demonic aspects of divine power within the common Chinese religious culture.

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