Starved of resources: - clerical hunger and enclosures in nineteenth-century China

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TitleStarved of resources: - clerical hunger and enclosures in nineteenth-century China
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsGoossaert, V.
JournalHarvard Journal of Asiatic Studies
Volume62
Pagination77(57)
Date Published2002
PublisherHarvard-Yenching Institute
ISBN Number0073-0548
KeywordsAsceticism, Buddhism, Buddhists -- 19th century AD, China -- History, Chinese history, Fasting -- History, Taoism -- History
Abstract

The public use of 'guan' (a cage or starvation enclosure) by Buddhist and Daoist clergy in 19th-century China is discussed. Topics include the origin of a clerical show, self-starvation in 1870s Shanghai and Hangzhou, the tragic story of Wang Mingzhen, monastery finances, and anticlerical discourse.