Chinese Poetry and Prophecy: The Written Oracle in East Asia

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“...this fascinating book provides the reader with a new and vivid description of a number of prototypes of temple oracles in China and beyond.”—Journal of Chinese Religions
“This work will undoubtedly achieve for the Chinese temple oracle the recognition it deserves in histories of divination. More importantly, as Strickmann demonstrates, the study of such divination sequences has a great deal to tell us of the history of the book, the study of morality books, and the history ...
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Overview


“...this fascinating book provides the reader with a new and vivid description of a number of prototypes of temple oracles in China and beyond.”—Journal of Chinese Religions
“This work will undoubtedly achieve for the Chinese temple oracle the recognition it deserves in histories of divination. More importantly, as Strickmann demonstrates, the study of such divination sequences has a great deal to tell us of the history of the book, the study of morality books, and the history of cultural contact.” —Stephen R. Bokenkamp, Indiana University
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"Strickmann calls us to study these poems as both prosodic masterpieces and vehicles of religious praxis,... The reader gains a new appreciation for the role of writing in Chinese ritual and the role of divination in the lives of Chinese people. The author also conveys the puissance of Chinese religion that has moved in all directions throughout the centuries."—China Review International

"...this fascinating book provides the reader with a new and vivid description of a number of prototypes of temple oracles in China and beyond."—Journal of Chinese Religions

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804743358
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Series: Asian Religions and Cultures Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


The late Michel Strickmann was Professor of Chinese Religions at the University of California, Berkeley, and a world-renowned expert on Taoism and on Asian popular religion. Stanford University Press has also published his Chinese Magical Medicine (2002).
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Table of Contents

1 Ritual and randomization 1
2 Chinese oracles In Partibus 7
3 Termina technica 30
4 Modern studies, editions, and translations 34
5 New evidence : a clutch of Taoist oracles 47
6 New evidence : the oldest Buddhist sequence 57
7 La Trahison Des Cleromanes : divination in a Buddhist setting 76
8 Writing and Chinese ritual 87
9 Visions of diffusion : Central Asia and the West 98
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