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e-Book The Cult of the Fox: Power, Gender, and Popular Religion in Late Imperial and Modern China download

by Xiaofei Kang

ISBN: 0231133383
ISBN13: 978-0231133388
Language: English
Publisher: Columbia University Press (December 7, 2005)
Pages: 288
Category: Humanities
Subategory: Other

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The fox has been a multivocal symbol in Chinese culture. During late imperial and modern times, records of fox spirits proliferated on an unprecedented level. Fox cult practices flourished in north China and Manchuria and spread to many other parts of China.

The fox has been a multivocal symbol in Chinese culture. Fox spirits assumed many different divine roles: gods of wealth; patron deities of individuals, families, spirit mediums, and sectarian activities; protectors of prostitutes and entertainers; guardians of the official seal; and sometime subordinates and sometime surrogates of the prominent goddess Bixia Yuanjun.

Kang ends the book with a wonderful conclusion, looking at how the fox cult is another illustration of the complexity of Chinese religions, and the appeal of cults that go beyond the bureaucratic mode. The history of the fox cult in China demonstrates that popular cults of demonic origins had great appeal to people of all social backgrounds precisely because they provided opportunities to pursue amoral, personal and local interests free from official discourses of power and morality" (198). Which is a great conclusion, despite the use of the word "discourse".

Kang has indeed given us a superb study of the fox cult in premodern China. As a symbol, fox spirits have long been marginal and variable creatures with the ability to freely change their gender and age, appearing as both evil and benign.

For more than five centuries the shamanistic fox cult has attracted large portions of the Chinese population and appealed to a wide range of social classes. Deemed illicit by imperial rulers and clerics and officially banned by republican and communist leaders, the fox cult has managed to survive and flourish in individual homes and community shrines throughout northern China. In this new work, the first to examine the fox cult as a vibrant popular religion, Xiaofei Kang explores the manifold meanings of the fox spirit in Chinese society.

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In this new work, the first to examine the fox cult as a vibrant popular religion, Xiaofei Kang explores the manifold meanings of the fox spirit in Chinese society.

In addition to numerous awards and fellowships, she is the author of eight books and more than one hundred articles. Betty J. Kramer is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Social Work

The Cult of the Fox: Power, Gender, and Popular Religion in Late Imperial. In addition to numerous awards and fellowships, she is the author of eight books and more than one hundred articles. Kramer is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Social Work.

Kang's book uncovers and reinterprets a wealth of anecdotal historical texts and works of popular literature and draws on her own ethnographic . This book explores the manifold meanings of the fox spirit in Chinese society

Read full description. See details and exclusions. This book explores the manifold meanings of the fox spirit in Chinese society. It describes various cult practices, activities of worship, and the exorcising of fox spirits.

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For more than five centuries the shamanistic fox cult has attracted large portions of the Chinese population and appealed to a wide range of social classes. Deemed illicit by imperial rulers and clerics and officially banned by republican and communist leaders, the fox cult has managed to survive and flourish in individual homes and community shrines throughout northern China. In this new work, the first to examine the fox cult as a vibrant popular religion, Xiaofei Kang explores the manifold meanings of the fox spirit in Chinese society. Kang describes various cult practices, activities of worship, and the exorcising of fox spirits to reveal how the Chinese people constructed their cultural and social values outside the gaze of offical power and morality.
Comments:
Xisyaco
This was purchased as a gift for someone I'm close to, and although I haven't read it myself, he can't put it down. He's told me it has fascinating, impossible-to-find information about the older spirituality and cults of China (with cultural impact in other regions nearby). He's relayed some of the stories and info, and I'll probably be reading it after him! Although I will be sure to update this once he finishes it (with more of his input!), I would not hesitate to recommend this book. Given that it has such a limited publishing, it's very much worth the price. The physical quality of the book is beautiful.

Small Black
The best book on the Fox Cult. I have spoken to mediums and temple assistants on this subject, read a few books but this is the most informative book I came across.

Irostamore
Being familiar with the kitsune of Japan, Kang's book, The Cult of the Fox, opened up new vistas of understanding for me from within a different culture. Much akin to their Nipponese cousins, Chinese foxes can be both mischievous or helpful, but in northern China, they formed an important part of the culture that affected relationships familial, political, and others. With extensive footnotes and bibliography, Kang's book is priceless for studying the mythology and religion on the Far East.

catterpillar
The typical student of comparative religion or mythology/folklore might not be aware of the prevalence and influence of the various fox cults of northern China. In this incredibly thorough and balanced study, Kang examines the nature of fox-worship: its local incarnations; its role in politics; and, perhaps most importantly, its evolution from imperial times through the early modern era.

As a former student of Professor Kang, I can say without doubt that her scholarship is impeccable, and the enthusiasm and grace with which she handles her subject makes "The Cult of the Fox" a true joy to read and a valuable resource for any student of Chinese history, religion or folklore.

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