Chinese Magical Medicine (Asian Religions and Cultures)

Chinese Magical Medicine (Asian Religions and Cultures)

by Michel Strickmann
     
 

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This book argues that the most profound and far-reaching effects of Buddhism on Chinese culture occurred at the level of practice, specifically in religious rituals designed to cure people of disease, demonic possession, and bad luck. This practice would leave its most lasting imprint on the liturgical tradition of Taoism. In focusing on religious practice, the… See more details below

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This book argues that the most profound and far-reaching effects of Buddhism on Chinese culture occurred at the level of practice, specifically in religious rituals designed to cure people of disease, demonic possession, and bad luck. This practice would leave its most lasting imprint on the liturgical tradition of Taoism. In focusing on religious practice, the book provides a corrective to traditional studies of Chinese religion, which overemphasize metaphysics and spirituality.

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"Strickmann unearths the history, literature, and fundamental assumptions of Buddhist and Taoist religious rituals and offers a wealth of astute social and literary commentary. He combines the highest standards of philological and historical scholarship with an eye for the spiritually bizarre, the socially telling, and the psychologically gripping detail—all in a style that is elegant, entertaining, well-organized, and always accessible."—Stephen F. Teiser, Princeton University

"Strickmann's love for his subject shines through in his sprightly and witty writing; his work also demonstrates impeccable scholarly authority."—J.W. Dippmann, Central Washington University

"This fascinating book, amassing a wealth of scholarship on Daoism and Tantric Buddhism, expands our vision and draws attention to numerous important topics in the study of East Asian religions."—Daoist Studies

"This thought-provoking book is an important contribution to the study of medicine and religion in medieval China... that looks critically at the mutual influences and intersections of Taoist and Buddhist practices..."—Journal of American Academy of Religion

"As a guide to the jungle of curious elements in Chinese and Japanese medieval cultures, Chinese Magical Medicine is a highly fascinating study."—History of Religions

This study of healing in the Taoist tradition examines how misdeeds and demonology cause illness per classic proto-Tantric and Buddhist texts. In completing this work of a late U. of California-Berkeley professor of Chinese religions, Faure (Asian religions, Stanford U.) added extensive reference materials. Illustrations include disease- curing seals. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804739405
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
12/11/2001
Series:
Asian Religions and Cultures
Edition description:
1
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
279,549
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

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