Book ID: CBB001551367

Food, Sacrifice, and Sagehood in Early China (2011)


Sterckx, Roel (Author)

Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 2011
Physical Details: ix + 235 pp.; ill.
Language: English

In ancient China, the preparation of food and the offering up of food as a religious sacrifice were intimately connected with models of sagehood and ideas of self-cultivation and morality. Drawing on received and newly excavated written sources, Roel Sterckx's book explores how this vibrant culture influenced the ways in which the early Chinese explained the workings of the human senses, and the role of sensory experience in communicating with the spirit world. The book, which begins with a survey of dietary culture from the Zhou to the Han and offers some intriguing insights into the ritual preparation of food--some butchers and cooks were highly regarded and would rise to positions of influence as a result of their culinary skills--and the sacrificial ceremony itself. As a major contribution to the study of early China and to the development of philosophical thought, the book will be essential reading for students of the period, and for anyone interested in ritual and religion in the ancient world

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Review Chung-Hao Kuo (2015) Review of "Food, Sacrifice, and Sagehood in Early China". East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal (pp. 217-219). unapi

Review Kuo, Chung-Hao (2015) Review of "Food, Sacrifice, and Sagehood in Early China". East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal (pp. 217-219). unapi

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Pettit, Jonathan E. E.
Liu, Yanqi
Wang, Gang
Ren, Xiaolei
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Studies in Dialectics of Nature
Medical History
Korean Journal of Medical History
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NIAS Pub., Nordic Institute of Asian Studies
Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica
Taylor & Francis
East Asia, civilization and culture
Iron and iron industry
Mo, Di
Time Periods
Zhou dynasty (China, 1122-221 B.C.)
Han dynasty (China, 202 B.C.-220 A.D.)
Qin dynasty (China, 221-207 B.C.)
Shang dynasty (China, ca. 1766-1027 B.C.)
Yellow River (China)

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