The Geographical and Cultural Context for the Rise of Charismatic Masters and Devoted Disciples


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This chapter analyzes the geographical and cultural context of the home base of the four main Wang Yangming disciples in south central China, namely, Ji’an prefecture in Jiangxi province. This prefecture enjoyed a steady rise in academic success from the 12th century into the mid-Ming dynasty (Ming 1368-1644). During the 16th century which is the main focus of this study Ji’an’s academic success was beginning to wane. The chapter provides the context to understand the education, inclination, and opportunity for these members of the local and national elite to become devoted disciples of a Confucian master.

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History and Society


Asian Studies | History of Religions of Eastern Origins | International and Area Studies

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