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Gender, Power, and Talent : the Journey of Daoist Priestesses in Tang China.

Author: Jinhua Jia
Publisher: La Vergne : Columbia University Press, 2018.
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During the Tang dynasty (618-907), changes in political policies, the religious landscape, and gender relations opened the possibility for Daoist women to play an unprecedented role in religious and public life. Women, from imperial princesses to the daughters of commoner families, could be ordained as Daoist priestesses and become religious leaders, teachers, and practitioners in their own right. Some achieved  Read more...
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Jia, Jinhua.
Gender, Power, and Talent : The Journey of Daoist Priestesses in Tang China.
La Vergne : Columbia University Press, ©2018
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jinhua Jia
ISBN: 9780231545495 0231545495
OCLC Number: 1024284417
Description: 1 online resource (353 pages)
Contents: Intro; Table of Contents; List of Figures and Tables; Acknowledgments; List of Abbreviations; Introduction; 1. The Rise of Daoist Priestesses as a Gendered Religio-Social Group; 2. Destiny and Power of the Ordained Royal Women; 3. Religious Leadership, Practice, and Ritual Function; 4. Liu Moran and the Daoist Theory of Inner Cultivation; 5. Longevity Techniques and Medical Theory: The Legacy of Hu Yin; 6. The Yaochi ji and Three Daoist Priestess-Poets; 7. Unsold Peony: The Life and Poetry of the Priestess-Poet Yu Xuanji; Conclusion. Appendix: Du Guangting and the Hagiographies of Tang Daoist WomenNotes; Bibliography; Index.
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Jinhua Jia draws on a wealth of previously untapped sources to explain how Daoist priestesses marked themselves as a distinct gendered religious and social group. The first comprehensive study of the  Read more...

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Using previously unknown mortuary inscriptions, rare Dunhuang manuscripts, and a broad range of received texts, Jia offers a revealing panorama of women's religious practices from medieval China. Read more...

 
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