ANT 324L • Ritual/Religion in Chinese Society-W
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
This course introduces the study of Chinese religion from an anthropological perspective. Such an approach is primarily concerned to examine the complex relationships between beliefs, cosmological formulations, and ritual practices on the one hand, and social, political, and economic institutions on the other, and focuses on the role of religion in the everyday life of Chinese communities, past and present. Towareds this end, the course acquaints students with both the "classics" as well as recent research in the field. Readings include works by historians, anthropologists, archaeologists, and other scholars, as well as translations of selected primary sources; documentary video and other audio-visual materials supplement lectures and readings.
COURSE OBJECTIVES: To provide 1) basic familiarity with the major texts, artifacts, practices, and events that comprise ancient, late imperial, and contemporary Han Chinese religion; and 2) a basic grasp of the analytical tools and theoretical frameworks that anthrpologists and other scholars have developed for research on Chinese religions.
1) Course reader 2) Change, K.C., ART, MYTH, AND RITUAL: THE PATH TO POLITICAL AUTHORITY IN ANCIENT CHINA 3) Kleinman, Arthur, PATIENTS AND HEALERS IN THE CONTEXT OF CULTURE 4) Schipper, Kristofer, THE TAOIST BODY 5) Wong, FEING-SHUI