In our approach to the household religion of the Chinese people, we found it characterized in two essential particulars; it was integrated with the felt life needs of a village-dwelling agricultural folk, and it found expression occasionally in temple worship but more frequently in home ceremonials. Realizing that the historico-genetic study of any religion seeks the point of view of the worshiper himself, we set out to find, if possible, the answer to this insistent question: What are the benefits which the ordinary householder wishes to obtain for himself and his family in his religious practices? We felt, moreover, that the answer should come only from first-hand sources.

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