Embark on a multi-disciplinary journey through Chinese cultural history with a focus on paradigm shifts in rationality. Spanning from the Warring States to modern China, this course delves into the cultural, social, and political factors shaping Chinese thought and religion.
Explore the emergence of modern China in the Song-Yuan and its evolution to the present day. Understand the transition from religious to scientific and nationalistic value systems, and their influence on Chinese society. Engage with a rich array of cultural artifacts, literature, and rituals to gain insights into the dynamic evolution of Chinese thought and religious practices.
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Delve into the historical background, religious change, state control of religion, local society, Daoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and more, across the different modules of this comprehensive course.
Explore the historical background and religious change in modern China, focusing on Daoism, Chaoyuantu, the United Front, and Daoxue as the religion of empire.
Gain insights into state control of religion, the role of Confucianism, and dynastic ancestors shaping religious practices and beliefs.
Examine the intricacies of local society, including the village earth god association, Buddhist and Daoist influence, and the role of shamans in shaping religious practices.
Dive into the world of Daoism in the Song and Jin periods, exploring the Universal Salvation ritual, Daoist marshals, and the Heavenly Masters' influence.
Discover the role of Chan self-cultivation, Tiantai ritual, and the significance of rituals for the laity in Buddhism during the Song period.
Uncover the rich cultural heritage of Dunhuang, including cave culture, Big Buddhas, and the intricate Buddhist rituals depicted in the artwork.
Explore the background, precursors, and exclusions in Confucianism during the Song dynasty, shedding light on the evolution of this influential philosophical system.
Delve into the world of Confucianism in the Song era, examining the role of cosmology, the elite, and Daoxue academies in shaping Confucian thought and practice.
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