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Guan YuThe Religious Afterlife of a Failed Hero$
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Barend J. ter Haar

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198803645

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198803645.001.0001

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Summing Up and Looking Forward

Summing Up and Looking Forward

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(p.245) 9 Summing Up and Looking Forward
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Guan Yu
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Barend J. ter Haar

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198803645.003.0009

Over the last decades we have seen a certain revival of his cult, although it seems that much of today’s interest in Lord Guan is now shaped by the figure of Guan Yu as a God of Wealth and as a protagonist in the Romance of the Three Kingdoms. The final chapter sums up the way in which people constructed their own stories around the worship of Lord Guan. Some room is given to the use of the label ‘Confucianization’ to the late imperial worship of Lord Guan, and similarly other analytical terms for local cults are discussed against the light of our empirical study. The chapter concludes by reiterating that Lord Guan for most of his divine career was deeply enmeshed with collective local interests in bringing rain and protecting communities and only developed a truly personal relationship with the educated strata.

Keywords:   Lord Guan, Confucianization, superscription, orthopraxis, standardization of the pantheon, cultural resource

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