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The Daoist tradition : an introduction

Author: Louis Komjathy
Publisher: London ; New York : Bloomsbury, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Using a historical, textual and ethnographic approach, this is the most comprehensive presentation of Daoism to date. In addition to revealing the historical contours and primary concerns of Chinese Daoists and Daoist communities, The Daoist Tradition provides an account of key themes and defining characteristics of Daoist religiosity, revealing Daoism to be a living and lived religion. Exploring Daoism from a  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Louis Komjathy
ISBN: 9781441116697 1441116699 9781441168733 1441168737 1441196455 9781441196453
OCLC Number: 819275585
Description: xxiii, 375 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Historical overview --
Identity and community --
Worldview --
Practice --
Place, sacred space, and material culture --
Daoism in the modern world.
Responsibility: Louis Komjathy.

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Using a historical, textual and ethnographic approach, this is the most comprehensive presentation of Daoism to date. In addition to revealing the historical contours and primary concerns of Chinese Daoists and Daoist communities, The Daoist Tradition provides an account of key themes and defining characteristics of Daoist religiosity, revealing Daoism to be a living and lived religion. Exploring Daoism from a comparative religious studies perspective, this book gives the reader a deeper understanding of religious traditions more broadly. Beginning with an overview of Daoist history, The Daoist Tradition then covers key elements of Daoist worldviews and major Daoist practices. This is followed by a discussion of the importance of place and sacred sites as well as representative examples of material culture in Daoism. The work concludes with an overview of Daoism in the modern world.

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