The Circulation of Sericulture Knowledge through Temple Networks and Cognitive Poetics in Eighteenth Century Zhejiang

  • Philip S. ChoEmail author
Part of the Studies in History and Philosophy of Science book series (AUST, volume 30)


The circulation of sericulture technology and religion were shaped by social historical factors as well as cognitive processes. The spread of silkworm temples in Zhejiang reflected a complex dynamic between imperial rule and local popular religion related to crafts. Temples were the nodes of social networks along which information flowed in the form of ritual and song.


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This article was supported by the Fetzer Franklin Trust project on Culture and Cognition, National University of Singapore—Global Asia Institute project on Mapping the Technological and Cultural Landscape of Scientific Development in Asia (grant AC-2010-1-004), and John Templeton Foundation project on Religion’s Impact on Human Life. Early drafts were presented in 2007 at the IHNS-MPI workshop in Beijing and in 2008 at the 12th ICSHEASTM, Johns Hopkins University. Special thanks to the Needham Research Institute for a 3 month stay sponsored by the Carnegie Mellon Foundation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Asia Research InstituteNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore

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