Telling Stories: Witchcraft and Scapegoating in Chinese History Barend J. Ter Haar

ISBN: 9789004148444

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378 pages


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Telling Stories: Witchcraft and Scapegoating in Chinese History  by  Barend J. Ter Haar

Telling Stories: Witchcraft and Scapegoating in Chinese History by Barend J. Ter Haar
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This book analyzes the role of oral stories in Chinese witch-hunts. Successive chapters deal with the implications of Chinese versions of the Little Red Riding Hood story- the use of parts of the adult human body, children and foetuses, to draw outMoreThis book analyzes the role of oral stories in Chinese witch-hunts. Successive chapters deal with the implications of Chinese versions of the Little Red Riding Hood story- the use of parts of the adult human body, children and foetuses, to draw out their life-force- attacks by mysterious creatures, causing open wounds, suffocation, the loss of hair and the like- the presence of a Drought Demon in the corpses of recently deceased women- and finally the emperor forcibly recruiting unmarried women for his harem.

Of interest to historians and anthropologists working on oral traditions, folklore and witch-hunts (also from a comparative perspective), but also to those working on anti-Christian movements and the intersection of popular fears and political history in China.



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