'This excellent and comprehensive analysis of food ... is a feast for the scholar's palate.' Journal of the American Academy of Religion
'Sterckx has given us a most inspiring study of ancient Chinese culture.' Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies
In ancient China, the preparation of food and the offering up of food as a religious sacrifice were intimately connected with models of sagehood and ideas of self-cultivation and morality. Roel Sterckx's book explores how this culture influenced the ways in which the early Chinese explained the workings of the human senses, and the role of sensory experience in communicating with the spirit world. The book begins with a survey of dietary culture from the Zhou to the Han and offers some intriguing insights into the ritual preparation of food and the sacrificial ceremony itself. This book will be essential reading for students of the period, and for anyone interested in ritual and religion in the ancient world.