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|Other Titles:||Shamans and Their Praying for Rain in Tang's Stories|
Department of Chinese, NTNU
This study,〝Shamans and Their Praying for Rain in Tang’s Stories〞, cites stories of shamans from the stories of Tang Dynasty. By analyzing and arranging the stories, we investigate the present and the past of shamans, the so-called Shamans, who occupied the position of praying the rain, or their other functions.First of all, the study lists and describes the categories of Shamans, for example: divinations, exorcism, disaster relief, psychic connecting, medications, cursing, in charge of funerals…etc. We could infer in any case from those resources that Shamans’ role was strongly demaned by Tang's people, proved the Shamans’ value and its efficacy over political preference in Tang society. Secondly, we focus on stories which recorded the activities of praying for rain in Tang’s stories to inspect the effects and the conversions of Tang Shaman in the stage of praying for rain. Successively, we may conclude that the weakening of Tang Shamanswas subject to its high replaceability, heaps of competitors, and low success ratio in this matter. These three reasons show strongly that praying for rain was fully affected by political factors; the leading power was easily turned down and was rejected step by step by governing classes with deliberate political considerations. Moreover, it was Tang’s Confucianists’ standing and the benign competition of burgeoning religions as Daoism and Buddhism that caused Shamans’ rain-praying activities which followed the basic concepts of Confucianists withered and eventually lost its authority. In other words, the predicament that the ceremonies of praying for rain were frequently failed revealed a metaphor in Tang’s social context, that is, the sorcery of praying for rain is still too narrow to use.
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