SM  Vol.5 No.1 , January 2015
“Soul Stealer: 1768 Chinese Sorcery Scare” in Social Crisis
Abstract: The “Soul Stealer: Chinese Sorcery Scare 1768” written by Alden Kuhn is a successful example to research more profound problem areas by use of legal history. In the aura of prosperity and good governance by the determination of the Qianlong Emperor, a “Soul incident” occurred and broke this harmony. All the people, from the emperor to the common plebs, were confused for a witchcraft events, with a kind of panic filled in the whole country. Emperors, officials and the plebs driven by different interests and motivations, took full advantages of the event to achieve their purpose of class. Behind the ordinary case of “soul stealer”, a huge social crisis is hidden.
Cite this paper: Wang, D. (2015) “Soul Stealer: 1768 Chinese Sorcery Scare” in Social Crisis. Sociology Mind, 5, 35-40. doi: 10.4236/sm.2015.51005.

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