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Making transcendents - [electronic resource] : ascetics and social memory in early medieval China
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Making transcendents - [electronic resource] : ascetics and social memory in early medieval China
자료유형  
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ISBN  
9780824833336
언어부호  
본문언어 - eng
미국회청구기호  
BL1923
DDC  
299/.51461
저자명  
Robert Ford Campany.
서명/저자  
Making transcendents - [electronic resource] : ascetics and social memory in early medieval China / Robert Ford Campany
발행사항  
[Sl] : University of Hawaii Press, 2009
형태사항  
321 p
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완전내용Making transcendents: ascetics and social memory in early medieval China -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Chapter 1: Bringing Transcendents Down to Earth -- Chapter 2: The Transcendent’s Cultural Repertoire -- Chapter 3: Deeper Repertoire Analysis: “Avoiding Grains” -- Chapter 4: Secret Arts, Manifest Wonders -- Chapter 5: Verbal Self-Presentation and Audience Response -- Chapter 6: Adepts and Their Communities -- Chapter 7: Adepts, Their Families, and the Imperium -- Chapter 8: Hagiographic Persuasions -- Epilogue -- Bibliography -- Index -- About the Author.
초록/해제  
요약 By the middle of the third century B.C.E. in China there were individuals who sought to become transcendents (xian)—deathless, godlike beings endowed with supernormal powers. This quest for transcendence became a major form of religious expression and helped lay the foundation on which the first Daoist religion was built. Both xian and those who aspired to this exalted status in the centuries leading up to 350 C.E. have traditionally been portrayed as secretive and hermit-like figures. This groundbreaking study offers a very different view of xian-seekers in late classical and early medieval China. It suggests that transcendence did not involve a withdrawal from society but rather should be seen as a religious role situated among other social roles and conceived in contrast to them. Robert Campany argues that the much-discussed secrecy surrounding ascetic disciplines was actually one important way in which practitioners presented themselves to others. He contends, moreover, that many adepts were not socially isolated at all but were much sought after for their power to heal the sick, divine the future, and narrate their exotic experiences. The book moves from a description of the roles of xian and xian-seekers to an account of how individuals filled these roles, whether by their own agency or by others’—or, often, by both. Campany summarizes the repertoire of features that constituted xian roles and presents a detailed example of what analyses of those cultural repertoires look like. He charts the functions of a basic dialectic in the self-presentations of adepts and examines their narratives and relations with others, including family members and officials. Finally, he looks at hagiographies as attempts to persuade readers as to the identities and reputations of past individuals. His interpretation of these stories allows us to see how reputations were shaped and even co-opted—sometimes quite surprisingly—into the ranks of xian. Making Transcendents provides a nuanced discussion that draws on a sophisticated grasp of diverse theoretical sources while being thoroughly grounded in traditional Chinese hagiographical, historiographical, and scriptural texts. The picture it presents of the quest for transcendence as a social phenomenon in early medieval China is original and provocative, as is the paradigm it offers for understanding the roles of holy persons in other societies.
일반주제명  
Asceticism
일반주제명  
Taoism
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kslib:149103
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