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The Resource Birth in ancient China : a study of metaphor and cultural identity in pre-imperial China, Constance A. Cook and Xinhui Luo

Birth in ancient China : a study of metaphor and cultural identity in pre-imperial China, Constance A. Cook and Xinhui Luo

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Birth in ancient China : a study of metaphor and cultural identity in pre-imperial China
Title
Birth in ancient China
Title remainder
a study of metaphor and cultural identity in pre-imperial China
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Constance A. Cook and Xinhui Luo
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Language
eng
Summary
Using newly discovered and excavated texts, Constance A. Cook and Xinhui Luo systematically explore material culture, inscriptions, transmitted texts, and genealogies from BCE China to reconstruct the role of women in social reproduction in the ancient Chinese world. Applying paleographical, linguistic, and historical analyses, Cook and Luo discuss fertility rituals, birthing experiences, divine conceptions, divine births, and the overall influence of gendered supernatural agencies on the experience and outcome of birth. They unpack a cultural paradigm in which birth is not only a philosophical symbol of eternal return and renewal but also an abiding religious and social focus for lineage continuity. They also suggest that some of the mythical founder heroes traditionally assumed to be male may in fact have had female identities. Students of ancient history, particularly Chinese history, will find this book an essential complement to traditional historical narratives, while the exploration of ancient religious texts, many unknown in the West, provides a unique perspective into the study of the formation of mythology and the role of birthing in early religion
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Cook, Constance A
Dewey number
392.1/2
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
GN482.1
LC item number
.C66 2017eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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Luo, Xinhui
Series statement
SUNY series in Chinese philosophy and culture
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  • Childbirth
  • Birth customs
  • Human reproduction
  • Metaphor
  • Group identity
  • China
  • China
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • Birth customs
  • Childbirth
  • Group identity
  • Human reproduction
  • Manners and customs
  • Metaphor
  • Zhou Dynasty (China)
  • China
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Birth in ancient China : a study of metaphor and cultural identity in pre-imperial China, Constance A. Cook and Xinhui Luo
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
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mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Words and images -- Chu ancestral names and the word for birth -- A lost word for birth -- Suggestive images -- Controlling reproduction : fertility prayers -- Zhou fertility prayers in Zhou bronze inscriptions -- A warring states prayer preserved on bamboo strips -- Mothers and embryos -- Gestation -- Controlling the pregnant body -- Time and divination -- Curses -- Sequestering -- A question of thorns -- Divine origins and Chu genealogical history -- Gender bending -- The traumatic births of non-Zhou ancestors
Control code
966314923
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 158 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781438467122
Lccn
2016057612
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)966314923
Label
Birth in ancient China : a study of metaphor and cultural identity in pre-imperial China, Constance A. Cook and Xinhui Luo
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Words and images -- Chu ancestral names and the word for birth -- A lost word for birth -- Suggestive images -- Controlling reproduction : fertility prayers -- Zhou fertility prayers in Zhou bronze inscriptions -- A warring states prayer preserved on bamboo strips -- Mothers and embryos -- Gestation -- Controlling the pregnant body -- Time and divination -- Curses -- Sequestering -- A question of thorns -- Divine origins and Chu genealogical history -- Gender bending -- The traumatic births of non-Zhou ancestors
Control code
966314923
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 158 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781438467122
Lccn
2016057612
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)966314923

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