- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: University of Washington Press (June 15, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0295987189
- ISBN-13: 978-0295987187
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,976,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Scott's descriptions are rich and evenly distributed among the various regimes of value through which the papers move . . . That the author's own observations of materials include extensive references to other scholarly works and that these materials are narrated with skill . . ."―C. Fred Blake, China Review International, June 2011
"As paper offerings connect people to the heavenly world of deities and their ancestors, this study links us to the imagined worlds that complete the Chinese view of the universe in the context of popular religions."―Museum Anthropology Review
"Scott's book is a valuable contribution to our knowledge of Hong Kong religious practice, but its importance extends beyond the specifics of her study to all aspects of contemporary Hong Kong society, and to religion across the Chinese world. Its strength lies in her fine-grained and meticulous analysis, which would not have been possible without her long-term and serious involvement in all aspects of the business of Hong Kong ritual paper."―The China Journal
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"Shows how the paper offerings reveal people's beliefs about the nature of the afterlife and the gods, family relations and the ancestors, intergenerational and impersonal interaction, gender relations, the place of respect in Chinese culture, and the nature of human existence. . . . An excellent example of how an analysis of material culture can increase our understanding of complex religious behavior, belief, and meaning. . . . Both informative and delightful."―American Anthropologist
"One can learn a great deal about contemporary religious practice, particularly in the Hong Kong region, through Scott's detailed study of this surprisingly complex aspect of Chinese material/visual culture. . . .Her treatment of the various 'performative' aspects of the subject . . . is quite engaging, offering a surprising entree into an ancient religious culture. ."―Religion and the Arts
"This is the book on practices of making, offering, and consuming ritual paper in the Chinese cultural tradition. . . . the book is a gold mine, providing a wealth of specific information. . . a treasure which will be profitably transformed into intellectual capital by generations of scholars to come."―Journal of Chinese Religions
"This is a book that all specialists on Chinese religion, arts, and material culture need to read. For Gods, Ghosts and Ancestors is an excellent source for teaching, both undergraduate and graduate. Scott invested years of research into this project and is the world's leading expert on Chinese paper arts."―James L. Watson, Harvard University