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

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

Richard von Glahn


the main outstanding characteristic of Wutong, the preeminent God of Wealth in overdue imperial China, used to be the deity's diabolical personality. Wutong was once perceived no longer as a heroic determine or paragon of noble characteristics yet fairly as an embodiment of humanity's basest vices, greed and lust, a maleficent demon who preyed at the susceptible and susceptible. In The Sinister approach, Richard von Glahn examines the emergence and evolution of the Wutong cult in the greater framework of the historic improvement of chinese language renowned or vernacular religion—as against institutional religions comparable to Buddhism or Daoism. Von Glahn's examine, spanning 3 millennia, offers due acceptance to the morally ambivalent and demonic facets of divine strength in the universal chinese language spiritual tradition.

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