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IJSSH 2023 Vol.13(1): 65-73
doi: 10.18178/ijssh.2023.V13.1121

Interpretation and Reflection on the "Demon-making Book and Demon Words" in the Laws of the Qing Dynasty

Cai Wei

Abstract—In thelaws of ancient Chinese dynasties, there are basically provisions on the crime of "demon book and demon speech", and the relevant penalties are very harsh. The purpose of the Qing Dynasty's legislation against such crimes was to suppress speech, control culture, and control thoughts to maintain political power. The cases of "making demon books and demon words" in the Qing Dynasty can be roughly divided into three categories, namely, politics, superstition and mental patients involved in the case. The handling of these three types of cases is very cruel, but the "demon book and demon words" have not been eliminated. On the contrary, it has intensified. After reflection, it can be found that the four dimensions of chaos, the degree of relaxation, the contradiction of ideas, and the distinction between good and evil, are the result of authoritarianism.  

Index Terms—Demon book demon words, legal level, interpretation, reflection.

Cai Wei is with China University of Political Science and Law, Law school, Beijing 100088; Hainan University, Law School Haikou 570228, Hainan, China


Cite: Cai Wei, "Interpretation and Reflection on the "Demon-making Book and Demon Words" in the Laws of the Qing Dynasty ," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 65-73, 2023.

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