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Dr. Martha Selby, Chair 120 INNER CAMPUS DR STOP G9300 WCH 4.134 78712-1251 • 512-471-5811

Fall 2006

ANS 340 • Ritual/Religion in Chinese Society-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
31130 MWF
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
BEN 1.126

Course Description

This course introduces the study of Chinese religion through an examination of the histories, theories, and practices of China's diverse religious and ritual traditions. We consider the complex relationships between beliefs, cosmologies, and ritual practices on the one hand, and social, political, and economic practices and institutions on the other. The course aims to understand the role of religion in the everyday life of Chinese communities, past and present. Readings include works by historians, anthropologists, archaeologists, and other scholars, as well as translations of religious texts and other primary sources. Audio-visual materials supplement the texts, lectures, and discussions.

Grading Policy

Class participation 25% Two midterms (take-home) 25% ea. Final 25%


Chang, K.C. Art, Myth, and Ritual: The Path to Political Authority in Ancient China Kleinman, Arthur. Patients and Healers in the Context of Culture Schipper, Kristofer. The Taoist Body Wong, Eva. Feng-Shui: The Ancient Wisdom of Harmonious Living for Modern Times Course reader compiled by the instructor


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