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To live as long as heaven and earth : a translation and study of Ge Hong's traditions of divine transcendents

Author: Robert Ford Campany; Hong Ge
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2002.
Series: Daoist classics, 2.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In late classical and early medieval China, ascetics strove to become transcendents--deathless beings with supernormal powers. Practitioners developed dietetic, alchemical, meditative, gymnastic, sexual, and medicinal disciplines (some of which are still practiced today) to perfect themselves and thus transcend death. Narratives of their achievements circulated widely. Ge Hong (283-343 c.e.) collected and preserved  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Campany, Robert Ford, 1959-
To live as long as heaven and earth.
Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2002
(DLC) 2001027086
(OCoLC)45909214
Named Person: Hong Ge
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Ford Campany; Hong Ge
ISBN: 9780520927605 0520927605 1417523875 9781417523870 1597349593 9781597349598
OCLC Number: 55891321
Description: 1 online resource (xxviii, 607 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: ILLUSTRATIONS; FOREWORD; PREFACE; ACKNOWLEDGMENTS; Opening; Ge Hong and the Writing of Traditions of Divine Transcendents; Traditions as Hagiography; Text-Critical Matters; Conventions; Group A: Earliest-Attested Fragments; Group B: Early-Attested Hagiographies; Group B: Early-Attested Fragments; Group C: Later-Attested Hagiographies; On the Source Texts and the Temporal Differentiation of Passages; Items Attributed to Shenxian zhuan Excluded from This Translation; BIBLIOGRAPHY; INDEX.
Series Title: Daoist classics, 2.
Responsibility: Robert Ford Campany.

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This text offers a complete critical translation and commentary for Ge Hong's (283-343 ce) "Traditions of Divine Transcendents" which gathered together the narratives of those who strove to become  Read more...

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