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The religious system of China:
Its ancient forms, evolution, history and present aspect. Manners, customs and social institutions connected therewith.
by Jan J M de Groot (1854 - 1921)




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Author: De Groot, J. J. M.
Title: The Religious System of China (6 Volume Set)
Binding: Hardcover
Book/Dust Jacket Condition: VG/NONE
Edition: Later edition, states First Reprinting Republished By; Literature House, Ltd.
Publisher: Literature House, Ltd. 1964
Place: Taipei, Taiwan
Price: $275 (USD)SOLD
SKU: 19618


Hard bump to top corners of each volume. Outside page edges are age tanned.. Tiny spot on page edges of two books. Solid binding and hinges. Blue boards with silver lettering.
   Volume    I - Book I: Disposal of the Dead (parts 1 & 2), 360 pp
   Volume   II - Book I Disposal of the Dead - Part III (first half) to page 827
   Volume  III - Book I: Part III (second half) to page 1466
   Volume   IV - Book II: On the Soul and Ancestral Worship (parts I) 464 pp
   Volume    V - Book II: On the Soul and Ancestral Worship (Parts II & III) to page 928
   Volume   VI - Book II continues with Part IV & V. to page 1341
Pages consecutively numbered in Volumes I, II, and III [Book I] and Volumes IV, V, and VI [Book II].

First published over quite a few years, the initial volume was published in 1892 and the final volume was printed in 1910, The Religious System of China is a monumental work by Jan J M de Groot that "is an attempt at depicting the Chinese Religion as it is really practiced by the nation, and at sketching on a broad scale its influence on Domestic and Social Life. It is the fruit of an intimate contact with the Chinese race for several years." The work also contains a detailed study of China's funerary stelae, and the mythical animals used to decorate them.

Included are remarks on the orthography and pronunciation of Chinese words occurring in the work, remarks on some of the Chinese standard works, largely consulted in the preparation of the work, and indicies [for Volumes I, II, and III at the end of Volume III and individual indicies at the end of each of Volumes IV, V, and VI].

From Citizendium:
J. J. M. de Groot studied Chinese language and culture at the University of Leiden from September 1873 until the end of 1876 and stayed from 1877 until 1878 in China. In 1878 he became translator in Batavia (now Jakarta) in the service of the Dutch East-Indian administration—until World War II East India (now Indonesia) was a Dutch colony. His civil servant job left him much time to study the Chinese language and above all Buddhist rites. In 1883 he returned to Europe and obtained a doctorate on December 5, 1884 at the University of Leipzig. He spent a second period in China (June 1886 – April 1890) on a grant by the East-Indian government. In 1890 he returned to The Netherlands and a year later (1891) he became professor at the University of Leiden where he would stay until 1911. In this period he wrote a treatise consisting of several volumes entitled The Religious System of China. In 1903-1904 he published Sectarianism and Religious Persecution in China.






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