Cover of: Food, sacrifice, and sagehood in early China | Roel Sterckx

About the Book

"In ancient China, the preparation of food and the offering up of food as a religious sacrifice were intimately connected with models of sagehood and ideas of self-cultivation and morality. Drawing on received and newly excavated written sources, Roel Sterckx's book explores how this vibrant culture influenced the ways in which the early Chinese explained the workings of the human senses, and the role of sensory experience in communicating with the spirit world. The book, which begins with a survey of dietary culture from the Zhou to the Han and offers some intriguing insights into the ritual preparation of food--some butchers and cooks were highly regarded and would rise to positions of influence as a result of their culinary skills--and the sacrificial ceremony itself. As a major contribution to the study of early China and to the development of philosophical thought, the book will be essential reading for students of the period, and for anyone interested in ritual and religion in the ancient world"--Provided by publisher.

Table of Contents

Customs and cuisine
Cooking the world
Sacrifice and sense
The economics of sacrifice
Sages, spirits, and senses.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.


Dewey Decimal Class 299.5/1138
Library of Congress BL1859.F66 S74 2011

The Physical Object

Pagination ix, 235 p. :
Number of pages 235

ID Numbers

Open Library OL24881687M
Internet Archive foodsacrificesag00ster
ISBN 10 1107001714
ISBN 13 9781107001718
LC Control Number 2010046885
OCLC/WorldCat 685120486

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