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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:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A study of the religious aspects of Chinese alchemy and its relation to the Taoist traditions of the early medieval period.

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Genre/Form: History
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Great clarity.
Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, ©2006
(DLC) 2005002981
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Fabrizio Pregadio
ISBN: 0804751773 9780804751773
OCLC Number: 896991608
Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 367 p.) illustrations
Contents: CONTENTS List of Illustrations, vi List of Tables, vii Conventions, viii Preface, xi Introduction, 1 Part One: THE HEAVEN OF GREAT CLARITY AND ITS REVELATIONS 1 The Early History of Chinese Alchemy and the Way of the Great Clarity, 33 2 The Heaven of Great Clarity, 53 3 The Great Clarity Corpus, 82 Part Two: THE ELIXIRS OF THE GREAT CLARITY 4 The Crucible and the Elixir, 104 5 The Ritual Sequence, 124 6 The Medicines of Great Clarity, 156 Part Three: A HISTORY OF THE GREAT CLARITY 7 Gods, Demons, and Elixirs: Alchemy in Fourth-Century Jiangnan, 191 8 The Way of the Great Clarity and Daoism in the Six Dynasties, 218 Part Four: TEXTS OF THE GREAT CLARITY 9 Scripture of The Nine Elixirs, 244 10 Scripture of the Golden Liquor, 288 11 Scripture of the Reverted Elixir in Nine Cycles, 294 Part Five: THE LEGACY OF THE GREAT CLARITY 12 The Later History of Chinese Alchemy and the Decline of the Great Clarity, 306 Appendixes A Dates of Texts in the Waidan Corpus, 340 B Additional Notes on Great Clarity and Related Texts, 346 C Additional Notes on the Commentary to the Scripture of the Nine Elixirs, 363 Glossary, 389 Works Quoted, 405 Index
Series Title: Asian religions & cultures
Responsibility: Fabrizio Pregadio

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