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The making of female deities in North China, 800–1400


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In order to study the multiplicity and controversy in the making of female deities, this dissertation takes both a longer perspective, the six centuries from 800 to 1400 as a whole as opposed to a single dynasty, and a broader perspective, writing about female deities in collections of hagiographies and making offerings to them and praying to them in local temples (traceable largely from temple inscriptions) rather than a single coherent body of texts. It starts with a search for continuities and transformations in representations of female deities and moves to an exploration into temple cults to female deities in North China. The examination of female cult deities includes an analysis of views and practices of various actors (the state, elites, clergy, and ordinary devotees) and influence of gender as well as a case study of the Two Transcendent cult in southeastern Shanxi.

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Subject
Religious history;
History;
Womens studies
Classification
0320: Religious history
0332: History
0453: Womens studies
Identifier / keyword
Philosophy, religion and theology; Social sciences; China; Chinese history; Chinese religion; Female deities; Gender; Song dynasty; The Song history; Women's history
Title
The making of female deities in North China, 800–1400
Author
Yi, Sumei
Number of pages
248
Publication year
2009
Degree date
2009
School code
0250
Source
DAI-A 70/09, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781109384666
Advisor
Ebrey, Patricia Buckley
University/institution
University of Washington
University location
United States -- Washington
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3377256
ProQuest document ID
305013107
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305013107
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