For more than five centuries the shamanistic fox cult has
attracted large portions of the Chinese population and appealed to
a wide range of social classes. Deemed illicit by imperial rulers
and clerics and officially banned by republican and communist
leaders, the fox cult has managed to survive and flourish in
individual homes and community shrines throughout northern China.
In this new work, the first to examine the fox cult as a vibrant
popular religion, Xiaofei Kang explores the manifold meanings of
the fox spirit in Chinese society. Kang describes various cult
practices, activities of worship, and the exorcising of fox spirits
to reveal how the Chinese people constructed their cultural and
social values outside the gaze of offical power and morality.
Subjects: History, Religion
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