Faith, Myth and Reason in Han China

Faith, Myth and Reason in Han China In His Classic Study Of The Cultural History Of Han China, Michael Loewe Uses Both Archaeological Discoveries And Written Records To Sketch The Conceptual Background Of Various Artifacts Of The Han Period, And Shows How Ancient Chinese Thought Is As Much Informed By Mythology As It Is Dependent On ReasonOriginally Published As Chinese Ideas Of Life And Death Faith, Myth And Reason In The Han Period BC AD , This Edition Includes A New Preface That Discusses Relevant Discoveries Made Since The First Publication And An Updated List Of Other Works On Relevant Topics

Michael Arthur Nathan Loewe is a British sinologist and scholar who has authored dozens of books, articles, and other publications in the fields of Classical Chinese and ancient Chinese history.

[BOOKS] ⚣ Faith, Myth and Reason in Han China By Michael Loewe –
  • Paperback
  • 240 pages
  • Faith, Myth and Reason in Han China
  • Michael Loewe
  • English
  • 10 November 2018
  • 9780872207561

11 thoughts on “Faith, Myth and Reason in Han China

  1. says:

    I ve read several books now by Michael Loewe and he s become one of my favorite historians of the Han period Faith, Myth and Reason in Han China was on the recommend reading list for my course so I thought I would read it too It was a very nice overview of differing beliefs during the Han period Loewe often pointed out misconceptions that were made by historians who were to quick to put different beliefs into the traditional three Chinese categories when such categories weren t firmly established at the time He looked how ideas developed over the Han period, where these ideas came from, and what sources we have that show these changes.The only problem I had with this book is that it definitely just seemed like an outline, while a lot of points were clear and easy to follow, it did sometimes just seem like an overview I would definitely recommend this book as an introduction to Han thought or as a quick reference but not so much to anyone who was already familiar with the subject It did seem like a book written for the general reader rather than the scholar Still the book covered a variety of interesting topics including my favorites of shamans, divination, services to the dead and the mandate of heaven He also looked at the development of the idea of Imperial sovereignty which was interesting from both a religious and political viewpoint.Still having said that, I found it rather hard to concentrate reading it I think that s far to do with the stress of moving and jet lag however as opposed to anything that is Loewe s fault I m hoping when to go back over the good bits when I am a bit relaxed

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