Jan Jakob Maria de Groot

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Among a plethora of other topics, de Groot's Religious System of China contains a detailed study of China's funerary stelae, and the mythical animals used to decorate them

Jan Jakob Maria de Groot (18 February 1854 in Schiedam – 24 September 1921 in Berlin) was a Dutch Sinologist and historian of religion. He taught at Leiden and later in Berlin, and is chiefly remembered for his monumental work, The Religious System of China, Its Ancient Forms, Evolution, History and Present Aspect, Manners, Customs and Social Institutions Connected Therewith. The two "books" of this detailed and well-illustrated treatise appeared in six volumes - and, according to the preface in the first volume, the System was originally meant to include several more "books".

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