Monkey-ing with religion

From: Paul Snow (pyspas@bath.ac.uk)
Date: Thu 30 May 1996 - 13:04:13 EEST


> And of course 'Monkey' (aka
> 'journey to the west') is a classic hero story, and that comes from a
> buddhist culture - and at least one of the main heroes is a good buddhist
> (the others being decidedly dodgy buddhists).
>

More than that it is about the foundation of Buddhism in China in a story
that also helps to define the pantheon worshiped in Chinese folk
religion. Trying to understand the balance and interplay between
Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism and Folk God worship in China potentially
offers great insights for Glorantha and all RPG religions.

Does anyone know any good books that analyse this overall picture of
Chinese religious practice? Most scholarly books seem to focus on one of
the big three.

 

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