Cookies Policy
X

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Taboos: An Aspect Of Belief In The Qin And Han

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

The taboos of the Qin and Han are the complex product of popular belief and the theory of interaction between heaven and humans. Involving not only primitive shamanistic thought and taboos concerning the gods but also the regular cycles of the shensha and of the production and conquest of the five agents, it reflects the multi-faceted nature of belief in ancient China. This chapter, by organizing the fragmentary evidence concerning taboos into the three categories of humans and the universe, humans and humans, and humans and the gods, has sought to sketch a relatively clear picture of those beliefs. The study of taboos enables us to go behind the great tradition of the erudite to uncover what people in Qin-Han society believed. In part these beliefs reflect the age-old primitive beliefs and social experience of antiquity, in part their transformation by the ethics and theorizing of the erudite tradition.

Keywords: ancient Chinese beliefs; Birth taboos; Han taboos; marriage taboos; Qin taboos; time taboos

10.1163/ej.9789004168350.i-1312.142
/content/books/10.1163/ej.9789004168350.i-1312.142
dcterms_subject,pub_keyword
6
3
Loading

Sign-in

Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
     
    Early Chinese Religion, Part One: Shang through Han (1250 BC-220 AD) (2 vols) — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation