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Religions of Ancient China

Herbert Allen Giles

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An overview of the religions of China, beginning with Fu Hsi, B.C. 2953-2838, and continuing through the 19th Century.

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. . .t must be noted that this view was not suggested by the Emperor K'ang Hsi, who fixed upon T'ien as the appropriate term. It is probable that, vigorous Confucianist as he was, he was anxious to appear on the side rather of an abstract than of a personal Deity, and that he was repelled by the overwrought anthropomorphism of the Christian God. His conversion was said to have been very near at times; we read, however, that, when hard pressed by the missionaries to accept baptism, "he always excused himself by saying that he worshipped the same God as the Christians."

God in the "Odes."—The Chou dynasty lasted from B.C. 1122 to B.C. 255. It was China's feudal age, when the empire, then included between latitude 34-40 and longitude 109-118, was split up into a number of vassal States, which owned allegiance to a suzerain State. And it is to the earlier centuries of the Chou dynasty that must be attributed the composition of a large number of ballads of various . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Very short. Opens doors to things you probably didn’t know before and makes you want to dive deeper into further reading. It’s a timeline kind of thing. I like it. Also it's on Spotify, and it's about an hour and twenty minutes long. Definitely worth a listen. Brings up everything from the emperors

“Religions of Ancient China” is a pamphlet on that topic written by Herbert A. Giles, who was a professor at Cambridge University. It was first published in 1905.

The autochthonous religion of ancient China combined a creation story, the worship of a god named “Shang Ti” and the belief in many spiri

Listened to the audiobook version on my way home! Very informative and the perfect length. Read it to help better understand religion in China as well as other religions in general

Running the gambit from early BC through to the Lutheran missionaries, quite the sweep of history with the fascinating insight that the Buddhists took the best of the Taoists (religious structure), and the Taoists in exchange took the worst of the Buddhists (ceremony and temple structure).

Pretty interesting. Could be more in depth.

Fascinating insight to the views on God in a time long before the Christian God was created. I feel this book was rather short, though, and it could've went deeper into the time period than it did.

This booklet is a delightful pleasure. At first, I was wondering why it didn't get four stars from Goodreads. After reading it, for me personally, I took one star off because of its reckless feeling in terms of citations and the lack of explanation on original text. Some readers are questioning the

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