Ancient Chinese novels and folk religions

Ancient Chinese novels and folk religions This article traces the relationship between ancient Chinese novels and folk religions. Also this article will show how folk religions spread using the White Lotus Order and the Eight Trigram Order as two examples. The author draws the following conclusions. Firstly, as “popular literature”, ancient novels have a kind of natural connection with folk religions; secondly, the novels involving folk religions featured stories of persecution from feudal rulers; thirdly, when novelists write about the spread of folk religions, they often obscure the true nature of religions; fourthly, the connection between ancient novels and folk religions is incredibly complex. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Frontiers of Literary Studies in China Brill

Ancient Chinese novels and folk religions

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Publisher
Brill
Copyright
Copyright 2007 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1673-7318
eISSN
1673-7423
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11702-007-0018-2
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Abstract

This article traces the relationship between ancient Chinese novels and folk religions. Also this article will show how folk religions spread using the White Lotus Order and the Eight Trigram Order as two examples. The author draws the following conclusions. Firstly, as “popular literature”, ancient novels have a kind of natural connection with folk religions; secondly, the novels involving folk religions featured stories of persecution from feudal rulers; thirdly, when novelists write about the spread of folk religions, they often obscure the true nature of religions; fourthly, the connection between ancient novels and folk religions is incredibly complex.

Journal

Frontiers of Literary Studies in ChinaBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2007

Keywords: ancient Chinese novel; folk religion; White Lotus Order; Eight Trigrams Order

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