By Harvey Whitehouse
Via a detailed exam of 4 Melanesian spiritual traditions, Whitehouse identifies a suite of recurrent interconnections among types of spiritual transmission, platforms of reminiscence, and styles of political organization. He argues that those interconnections may perhaps make clear a number of common difficulties in historical past, archaeology, and social concept.
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On the one hand, the Manchu throne played the role of the Chinese Son of Heaven, adopted Confucian doctrines and the Ming institutions, 6 and spared no pains to draw Han intellectuals into the bureaucracy (Naquin and Rawski 1987:321). On the other hand, Han scholar-officials, apart from their personal ambitions, also wished to contribute to social order and welfare. Consequently the two parties rallied together to rule the country. The Han gentry's commitment to the Qing might be marked by the success of the special examination (buoxue hongci), arranged by Kangxi in 1679.
3:816). After the pacification of the rebellions, many scholars attempted to avoid the hair-cutting orders by hiding behind their villa walls, sheltered from public view by friends and servants (Gu Tinglin yuji, 24a; Ji 283; Yang 1912:3:10). The Hans' stubborn resistance to the tonsure might be explained by their belief in hair's magical power. " Leach suggests that people unconsciously connect hair with genitalia (1958). This might be true in Chinese popular culture, in which hair is believed to absorb and store spiritual power.
Mingmo Jiangyin Jiading renminde kangqing douzheng (The anti-Qing struggles of Jiangyin and Jiading people in the late Ming). Shanghai: Xuexi shenghuo chubanshe. Mao, Dun. 1936. "Xinhai niande guangtou jiaoyuan yu jianbian yundong" (Bald teachers and the queue-cutting movement in 1911). In Yefeng (Wind of the south) (semimonthly, Shanghai) 20:1823. MLB Minli bao (By the people). Shanghai, 191013. Microfilms in Beijing Library. Naquin, Susan, and Evelyn S. Rawski. 1987. Chinese Society in the Eighteenth Century.
Arguments and Icons: Divergent Modes of Religiosity by Harvey Whitehouse