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

Fall 2003

ANS 361 • Ritual/Religion in Chinese Society-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
27550 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
GAR 200

Course Description

This course introduces the study of Chinese religions from an anthropological perspective. Lectures and discussions consider the diverse beliefs, myths, and ritual practices that comprise elite and popular traditions, and examine their relationship to social, political, and economic institutions. We begin with a survey of Chinese religious traditions, after which the focus shifts to the modern history and contemporary practice of religion in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Course materials include religious texts, ethnographies, and documentary films. Readings include works by historians, anthropologists, archeologists, and other scholars, as well as translations of religious texts and other primary sources.

Grading Policy

Short paper (5-6 pages) 20% Midterm (takehome) 30% Final paper (10-12 pages) 50%


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 Course reader prepared by the instructor


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