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Bringing Rain and Protection

Barend J. ter Haar

in Guan Yu: The Religious Afterlife of a Failed Hero

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780198803645
eISBN:
9780191842030
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198803645.003.0006
Subject:
History, Asian History, History of Religion

Deities were thought to help and protect people, heal them from illnesses, and sometimes also to punish them. And yet, a worshipper was not free to decide what to ask for, but had to work within a ... More


The Divine Presence

Barend J. ter Haar

in Guan Yu: The Religious Afterlife of a Failed Hero

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780198803645
eISBN:
9780191842030
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198803645.003.0005
Subject:
History, Asian History, History of Religion

Statues and other images were central in the worship of the anthropomorphic deities that became increasingly popular from the Song onwards. Stories would be attached to them, both more personal ... More


A Deity’s Conquest of China

Barend J. ter Haar

in Guan Yu: The Religious Afterlife of a Failed Hero

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780198803645
eISBN:
9780191842030
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198803645.003.0004
Subject:
History, Asian History, History of Religion

From the eleventh century onwards we see an increasing importance of supra-local cults for anthropomorphic deities all over China, including the worship of Lord Guan. In the conventional account of ... More


Demon and Monastic Protector

Barend J. ter Haar

in Guan Yu: The Religious Afterlife of a Failed Hero

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780198803645
eISBN:
9780191842030
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198803645.003.0002
Subject:
History, Asian History, History of Religion

The worship of Guan Yu started where he had been executed in late 219 or early 220, in the Jing region just north of the Yangzi River in modern Hubei. Sometime during the Tang dynasty, the cult of ... More


The Educated Deity

Barend J. ter Haar

in Guan Yu: The Religious Afterlife of a Failed Hero

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780198803645
eISBN:
9780191842030
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198803645.003.0007
Subject:
History, Asian History, History of Religion

During the sixteenth century, the educated elite developed their own beliefs about Lord Guan, with very distinct stories and expectations that were not necessarily shared by the non-literate ... More


Historical Figure and Divine Being

Barend J. ter Haar

in Guan Yu: The Religious Afterlife of a Failed Hero

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780198803645
eISBN:
9780191842030
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198803645.003.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History, History of Religion

This chapter first provides a general introduction to the historical figure of Guan Yu and the cult which grew around him, Lord Guan becoming one the most popular and influential deities of imperial ... More


The Enacting Heaven Temple: Hybrid Modernity

Richard Madsen

in Democracy's Dharma: Religious Renaissance and Political Development in Taiwan

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520252271
eISBN:
9780520941038
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520252271.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter discusses the Enacting Heaven Temple, or the Hsing Tien Kung, which is known as a good place for shoujing, describes the ritual of shoujing, and identifies the signs of modernization and ... More


The Exorcism of the Salt Ponds at Xie

Barend J. ter Haar

in Guan Yu: The Religious Afterlife of a Failed Hero

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780198803645
eISBN:
9780191842030
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198803645.003.0003
Subject:
History, Asian History, History of Religion

The historical Guan Yu came from a village in Xie Prefecture (modern Yuncheng) in the south of the modern province of Shanxi, close to one of the main salt producing sites of traditional China. From ... More


Martial Keeper of Morals

Barend J. ter Haar

in Guan Yu: The Religious Afterlife of a Failed Hero

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780198803645
eISBN:
9780191842030
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198803645.003.0008
Subject:
History, Asian History, History of Religion

Religious activities traditionally served an important role by providing ethical rules and values with supernatural legitimation, but also by providing occasions on which these values were performed ... More


Summing Up and Looking Forward

Barend J. ter Haar

in Guan Yu: The Religious Afterlife of a Failed Hero

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780198803645
eISBN:
9780191842030
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198803645.003.0009
Subject:
History, Asian History, History of Religion

Over the last decades we have seen a certain revival of his cult, although it seems that much of today’s interest in Lord Guan is now shaped by the figure of Guan Yu as a God of Wealth and as a ... More


Guan Yu: The Religious Afterlife of a Failed Hero

Barend J. ter Haar

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780198803645
eISBN:
9780191842030
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198803645.001.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History, History of Religion

Guan Yu was a minor general in his own day, who supported one of numerous claimants to the throne in the early third century CE. He was captured and executed by enemy forces in 219. He eventually ... More


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