In this pioneering text, David W. Pankenier introduces readers to a seriously understudied field, illustrating how astronomy shaped the culture of China from the very beginning and how it influenced areas as disparate as art, architecture, calendrical science, myth, technology, and political and military decision-making.
As elsewhere in the ancient world, there was no positive distinction between astronomy and astrology in ancient China, and so astrology, or more precisely, astral omenology, is a principal focus of the book. Drawing on a broad range of sources, including archaeological discoveries, classical texts, inscriptions and paleography, this thought-provoking book documents the role of astronomical phenomena in the development of the 'Celestial Empire' from the late Neolithic through the late imperial period.
In this landmark text, David W.
Pankenier introduces readers to a seriously understudied field, illustrating how astronomy shaped the culture of ancient China. Drawing on a broad range of sources, he reveals how astronomical concepts influenced almost every area of social organization, from art and architecture, to political and military decision making.
David W. His current research interests range from the history of ideas in early China, to archaeoastronomy and cultural astronomy. He is particularly interested in the connection between rare astronomical phenomena and epoch-making political and military events in ancient China.
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And then there is the problem of culture. On Ethics and History. With his Chinese co-authors Pankenier has previously published two volumes of translations of hundreds of ancient Chinese records of astronomical observations, a collection of essays in Chinese Uncovering the Secrets of Ancient Chinese History: Research in Archaeoastronomy , , as well as numerous articles on ancient Chinese astral prognostication, chronology, cosmology, and thought. Ming-tang: cosmology, political order and monuments in early China. Synopsis About this title The ancient Chinese were profoundly influenced by the Sun, Moon and stars, making persistent efforts to mirror astral phenomena in shaping their civilization. There are more copies of this book View all search results for this book.
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The limitations of these sources and subjects are expertly identified. However, the strands of information are frequently not clearly linked to a larger argument or narrative , and so their significance is left to the reader to deduce for example, the ends of chapters 3 and 5. How do the various instances of missionary chauvinism and allegations of sexual impropriety and child neglect dotted between and relate to each other?
In my view, the book provides insufficient evidence for this evaluation, since its discussion of Catholicism in contemporary China relates primarily to the canonization of martyrs by Pope John Paul II in the year Although The Catholic Invasion of China may not achieve some of its grander ambitions, it contains first-rate research. Mungello highlights the agency of Chinese believers from the mid-nineteenth century onwards, and shows how their initiative has been central to forging a truly Chinese Catholic church or perhaps churches.
The book is therefore a welcome contribution to scholarship in both China and the West over the last few decades that has emphasized the compatibility of Christianity with Chinese culture, while pursuing a deeper understanding of how that relationship has evolved. Finally, the cover illustration is truly sumptuous, culturally significant, and just about warrants purchase of the book on its own.
The book is informed by both distinguished sinological scholarship and deep engagement with archaeo-astronomy. But ironically, in China, the source of some of the most sophisticated archaeo-astronomical data in the world, the discipline is still largely the province of historians of astronomy. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.
Astrology and Cosmology in Early China Conforming Earth to Heaven there was no positive distinction between astronomy and astrology in ancient China. Astrology and Cosmology in Early China Conforming Earth to Heaven David W. Pankenier Lehigh University University Printing House, Cambridge CB2 8BS.
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