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Demonic Warfare: Daoism, Territorial Networks, and the History of a Ming Novel

Mark R. E. Meulenbeld


Revealing the fundamental continuities that exist between vernacular fiction and exorcist, martial rituals in the vernacular language, this book argues that a specific type of Daoist exorcism helped shape vernacular novels in the late Ming dynasty (1368–1644). Focusing on the once famous novel Fengshen yanyi (Canonization of the Gods), the book maps out the general ritual structure and divine protagonists that it borrows from much older systems of Daoist exorcism. By exploring how the novel reflects the specific concerns of communities associated with Canonization of the Gods and its ideology, ... More

Keywords: vernacular fiction, martial ritual, Daoism, exorcism, vernacular novel, religion, Ming dynasty, Fengshen yanyi, gods, demon soldiers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780824838447
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824838447.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark R. E. Meulenbeld, author
University of Wisconsin-Madison