The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Confucianism

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9780823940790: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Confucianism

- Over 2,000 thoroughly cross-referenced entries listed A-Z describe the major beliefs and practices of Confucianism.- Contents by Subject section categorizes entries thematically: Art, Architecture, and Iconography; Astrology, Cosmology, and Mythology; Biographical Entries; Ceremonies, Practices, and Rituals; Concepts; Geography; Literature and Language; Music; Rulers and Dynasties; Schools and Groups; and Texts.- Black and white photos and illustrations throughout show key geographical sites and provide compelling portraits within Confucianism.- Charts and maps provide additional information.- Appendices provide a timeline of Chinese dynasties and glossaries of Chinese terms transliterated according to the Pinyn and Wade-Giles systems.- 8 1/2 11- Library-bound- 1,000 pages (500 per volume)- 2003

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In this thorough and scholarly encyclopedia, the author shares not only the teachings of Confucius but also a wealth of information about Chinese culture, music, ceremony, teachers, writings, emperors, and events that are integral to Confucianism.

The majority of the alphabetically arranged entries are entered under the Chinese wording--Hsin rather than Faithfulness, Tao rather thenWay. See references guide the reader to appropriate headings. There are also headings in English (Dragon, Guilt, Monotheism). Each entry includes numerous cross-references in bold type and a bibliography of works in English. The entries vary widely in length from short paragraphs to several pages and are complemented by many full-page and smaller black-and-white illustrations, photographs, and high-quality maps. The portraits of teachers and emperors are particularly interesting.

The introduction in volume 1 is fascinating. The author explains much of the teachings and history of Confucianism, why it is important to know how this ideology influences the modern world, and whether or not it is a religion. This is followed by a list of the contents arranged by broad subject, such as "Astrology, Cosmology, and Mythology" and "Dynasties, Official Titles, and Rulers." In volume 2, the back matter includes a "Chronology of Chinese Dynasties," Romanization tables from Wade-Giles to Pinyan and from Pinyan to Wade-Giles, a glossary of Chinese characters, a bibliography of works in Chinese and works in English, and the index.

This work is an obvious labor of love as well as scholarship for Taylor, a specialist in East Asian religion and philosophy with expertise in Confucianism. It should be in every academic library where world religions are taught. Large public libraries will also find it useful. Robin Hoelle
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