Translated Titles

Buddhist Monks in the Northern Song and the Development of the Zijiang River Basin: A Historical Perspective


呂永昇(Wing-Sing Lui)

Key Words

湘中 ; 北宋僧侶 ; 資江 ; 邊陸社會 ; Central Hunan ; Northern Song Buddhist Monks ; Zijiang River Basin ; Frontiers



Volume or Term/Year and Month of Publication

11卷1期(2013 / 04 / 01)

Page #

5 - 37

Content Language


Chinese Abstract


English Abstract

This paper explores the role of Buddhist monks in assisting the imperial government in opening up frontier regions in the northern Song dynasty, with special reference to the Zijiang river basin in central Hunan. There is documentary evidence of Buddhist monks and Meishan Man aboriginal groups active in the region from the Tang and Five Dynasties period. During the northern Song, when the region lay on the frontier of the empire, it was forcibly opened by the imperial government with the assistance of Buddhist monks. In this process, the imperial government made use of Buddhism to establish imperial authority and create a new social order.

Topic Category 人文學 > 歷史學
人文學 > 人類學及族群研究