East Asian societies
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1. Introduction

In China, Japan andKorea, the now common expression for society (Chinese shehui, Japanese shakai, Korean sahoe) which was not used specifically until the second half of the 19th century, consists of the two Chinese signs for "temple of earth", (she) and “assembly” (hui). The “temple of earth”, where the local deity of a village was worshiped [35], refers to the great importance of religious imaginations and practices for the social connection within the family as well …

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Mittag, Achim, Mathias, Regine and Eggert, Marion, “East Asian societies”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 19 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025120>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20151216

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