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Introduction

Robert Hymes

in Way and Byway

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2002 | ISBN: 9780520207585
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520935136 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520207585.003.0001
Introduction

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Hua-kai is the setting for much of the book. The cult of the Three Lords was only one of what must have been a large number of minor local deity cults in Yen Chen-ch'ing's time, and this book aims to trace the rise of it. The contending models that form the book's problem are: the bureaucratic model, and a personal model of divinity and of divine–human relations. It also tries to connect the different choices that different actors make from a repertoire of religious models to differences in their places in society, the situations in which they find themselves, and their views of religious and secular authority. Additionally, the book moves back and forth between the local, the regional, and the national, and between the Three Lords cult and other forms of religion that shared its world. Finally, an overview of the chapters included in the book is given.

Keywords: Hua-kai; Three Lords; deity cults; bureaucratic model; personal model; divinity; secular authority

Chapter.  13019 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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