Shoo-King, one of the Chinese sacred books. It is chiefly of a historical character, commencing with the reign of the Yaou, one of the very earliest emperors, supposed to have been contemporary with Noah, and stretches onward to the time of Confucius. This work. is considered to be of the highest authority, containing many valuable moral and political maxims. On account of the vast influence of the Shoo-king over the public mind, the utmost efforts were made to suppress it during the reign of Che-huang-te, B.C. about 240. As edited by Confucius, the Shoo-king throws much light upon the early religion of the Chinese, showing that Shamanism (q.v.) was then the prevailing form of religion.

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