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To Become a God: Cosmology, Sacrifice, and Self-Divinization in Early China Michael J. Puett

To Become a God: Cosmology, Sacrifice, and Self-Divinization in Early China

Michael J. Puett

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ISBN : 9780674009592
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358 pages
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Evidence from Shang oracle bones to memorials submitted to Western Han emperors attests to a long-lasting debate in early China over the proper relationships between humans and gods. One pole of the debate saw the human and divine realms as separateMoreEvidence from Shang oracle bones to memorials submitted to Western Han emperors attests to a long-lasting debate in early China over the proper relationships between humans and gods. One pole of the debate saw the human and divine realms as separate and agonistic and encouraged divination to determine the will of the gods and sacrifices to appease and influence them. The opposite pole saw the two realms as related and claimed that humans could achieve divinity and thus control the cosmos.