Negotiating Religious and Cultural Diversity in Tang China: An Analysis of the Cha jiu lun 茶酒論

Pearse, Amy (2017) Negotiating Religious and Cultural Diversity in Tang China: An Analysis of the Cha jiu lun 茶酒論. The Student Researcher, 4 (1). pp. 45-55. ISSN 2047-3427

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The Tang dynasty was a religious and culturally diverse period which saw a range of ethnic and cultural issues, often expressed in the form of polemical literature (or interreligious court debates). This paper focuses on the analysis of the Cha jiu lun, a dialogically structured debate between three beverages discovered in Dunhuang, to demonstrate that it functions as an allegorical and satirical performance piece in reaction to religious and cultural diversity in Dunhuang and Tang China. This analysis is contextualised using other similar discourse and a range of prominent secondary literature. Primarily considered a contribution to tea culture, analysing the metaphorical function of the three beverages in the Cha jiu lun highlights its place in a more relevant area of study. The genre conventions of the Cha jiu lun are explored in-depth, demonstrating some difficulties with its typical classification as a transformation text (bianwen) due to its congruency with polemical debates in the Tang. This paper demonstrates the wider importance of the Cha jiu lun as an allegorical piece written in a location and period highly influenced by issues of cultural and religious amalgamation, and provides a comprehensive study into its purpose and function in light of these issues.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Religious diversity, Cultural diversity, China
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BQ Buddhism
P Language and Literature > PI Oriental languages and literatures
P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
Divisions: Institutes and Academies > Institute of Education and Humanities > Academic Discipline: Humanities and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Thomas Jansen
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2018 15:15
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2023 09:19

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