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The Prehistory of Religion in China

Lukas Nickel

in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Ritual and Religion

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199232444
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199232444.013.0029

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology

 The Prehistory of Religion in China

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This article introduces evidence for religion in both late Neolithic and early historic China, mainly relying on archaeological sources. Religion is used here as a general term for human beliefs in the supernatural which may have had its visual expression in acts of veneration, sacrifices, and rituals.

Keywords: late Neolithic; early historic; religion; human beliefs; supernatural; veneration; sacrifice; rituals

Article.  6425 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology ; Archaeology of China ; Prehistoric Archaeology

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