At the intersection of art and religious history, this work suggests a fresh method for studying Chinese gods and sacred places. Susan Naquin tells the full story of the transformations of the Lady of Mount Tai, North China’s most important female deity, and her mountain home. This generously illustrated visual history presents a rich array of overlooked statues, prints, murals, and paintings of gods that were discovered in museums, auctions, and extensive travel. By focusing on ordinary images, temples, and region-based materiality Naquin demonstrates how this flexibly gendered new god flourished while her male predecessor was neglected. Both suffered greatly during the last century, but Mount Tai continues to be a culturally significant monument and China’s most popular tourist mountain.
Susan Naquin is a historian of late imperial China. Professor Emerita of History and East Asian Studies at Princeton University, she is the author of many books and articles on social and cultural life, including Peking: Temples and City Life, 1400-1900.
Anyone interested in Asian religion and Chinese art. Historians of China, East Asia, and Early Modern Europe. University, higher education, research libraries in North America, Europe, and East Asia. World travellers.