By Livia Kohn, Harold D. Roth
What's Daoism? who's thought of a Daoist, and why? What defines Daoism: ideals? Practices? Sectarian issues? Questions comparable to those have plagued students and fans alike, growing confusion and prejudice. via addressing those questions, this quantity opens up the exploration of a desirable faith. For greater than thousand years, Daoism has developed in shut interplay with the opposite significant traditions of China--Confucianism, Buddhism, ethnic creeds, and renowned religion--and tailored a lot of their good points. to the current day, Daoism contains a multiplicity of ideals and practices, and maintains to enhance, because it has for the earlier millennia, throughout the interplay among differentiation and integration--the stream to alter in line with political, cultural, and monetary advancements as opposed to the urge to create balance via trust structures, lineage traces, rituals, and myths. Daoist id is an exploration of many of the capability through which Daoists over the centuries have created an identification for themselves. utilizing smooth sociological experiences of id formation as its origin, it brings jointly a consultant pattern of in-depth analyses by means of eminent American and jap students within the box. The dialogue starts off with serious examinations of the methods id used to be chanced on one of the early pursuits of ways of serious Peace and the Celestial Masters. The function of sacred texts and literary tradition in Daoist identification formation is mentioned. the amount then specializes in lineage formation and the expanding position of well known non secular practices, similar to spirit-writing, in glossy Daoism because the music dynasty. eventually it discusses the Daoist version and reinterpretation of Buddhist rites, equivalent to the feeding of souls in hell and using ritual gestures, and the adjustments made in modern Daoism with regards to conventional rites and renowned practices. all through, the authors examine concerns by no means ahead of mentioned in Western scholarly literature, together with the position of ethnic teams and their id within the formation of Daoist groups, the modern daotan circulation in Guangdong and Hong Kong, the evolution of medieval loss of life rituals, and the function of poetry and literati writing within the production of a private identification as Daoist.
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