Daily Life in Traditional China
The Tang DynastyeBook - 2002
This thorough exploration of the aspects of everyday life in China during the Tang Dynasty (618-907) provides fascinating insight into a culture and time that is often misunderstood, especially by those from western cultures. Here students will find the details of what life was really like for these people. How was their society structured? How did they entertain themselves? What sorts of food did they eat? The answers to these and other questions are provided in full detail to bring this golden age of Chinese culture alive for the modern reader. Annotation. Covering the three centuries of the Tang dynasty (618-907), Benn (U. of Hawai'i) discusses the material and cultural existence of daily living in China. Because the only written material available from those times were authored by members of the nobility, the material is naturally lacking in descriptions of peasants, merchants, artisans, and slaves, instead focusing on intellectuals, clergy, and patricians. Separate chapters are devoted to cities and urban life, houses and gardens, clothes and hygiene, food, leisure and entertainment, travel and transportation, crime and punishment, health, and death and the afterlife. B & w illustrations dot the text, demonstrating what many of the artifacts and processes discussed looked like.
Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2002.
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxii, 317 pages) : illustrations, maps. data file
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