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Daoism in Japan: Chinese traditions and their influence on Japanese religious culture

Daoism in Japan: Chinese traditions and their influence on Japanese religious culture

1st Edition

Jeffrey L. Richey
June 28, 2018

Like an ancient river, Daoist traditions introduced from China once flowed powerfully through the Japanese religious landscape, forever altering its topography and ecology. Daoism’s presence in Japan still may be discerned in its abiding influence on astrology, divination, festivals, literature,...

Daoist Ritual, State Religion, and Popular Practices: Zhenwu Worship from Song to Ming (960-1644)

Daoist Ritual, State Religion, and Popular Practices: Zhenwu Worship from Song to Ming (960-1644)

1st Edition

Shin-Yi Chao
May 24, 2017

Zhenwu, or the Perfected Warrior, is one of the few Chinese Deities that can rightfully claim a countrywide devotion. Religious specialists, lay devotees, the state machine, and the cultural industry all participated, both collaboratively and competitively, in the evolution of this devotional...

The Emergence of Daoism: Creation of Tradition

The Emergence of Daoism: Creation of Tradition

1st Edition

Gil Raz
September 12, 2014

At the core of Daoism are ancient ideas concerning the Way, the fundamental process of existence (the Dao). Humans, as individuals and as a society, should be aligned with the Dao in order to attain the fullness of life and its potential. This book presents the history of early Daoism, tracing the...

Daoism in History: Essays in Honour of Liu Ts'un-yan

Daoism in History: Essays in Honour of Liu Ts'un-yan

1st Edition

Benjamin Penny
August 12, 2010

Over the last decade there has been a marked increase in the study of Daoism especially in Japan, China and the West, with a new generation of scholars broadening our understanding of the religion. Including contributions from the foremost scholars in the field, Daoism in History presents...

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