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Great clarity : Daoism and alchemy in early medieval China

Author: Fabrizio Pregadio
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, ©2006.
Series: Asian religions & cultures.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This is the first book to examine extensively the religious aspects of Chinese alchemy. Its main focus is the relation of alchemy to the Daoist traditions of the early medieval period (third to sixth centuries). It shows how alchemy contributed to and was tightly integrated into the elaborate body of doctrines and practices that Daoists built at that time, from which Daoism as we know it today evolved. The book  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Fabrizio Pregadio
ISBN: 0804751773 9780804751773
OCLC Number: 57669852
Description: xvii, 367 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: The early history of Chinese alchemy and the way of the Great Clarity --
The Heaven of Great Clarity --
The Great Clarity corpus --
The crucible and the exlixir --
The ritual sequence --
The medicines of Great Clarity --
Gods, demons, and elixirs: alchemy in fourth-century Jiangnan --
The way of the Great Clarity and Daoism in the six dynasties --
Scripture of the Nine Elixirs --
Scripture of the Golden Liquor --
Scripture of the reverted Elixir in nine cycles --
The later history of Chinese Alchemy and the decline of Great Clarity.
Series Title: Asian religions & cultures.
Responsibility: Fabrizio Pregadio.
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