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The Shaolin monastery : history, religion, and the Chinese martial arts

Author: Meir Shahar
Publisher: Honolulu : University of Hawai'i Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Shaolin Monastery charts, for the first time in any language, the history of the Shaolin Temple and the evolution of its world-renowned martial arts. In this meticulously researched and eminently readable study, Meir Shahar considers the economic, political, and religious factors that led Shaolin monks to disregard the Buddhist prohibition against violence and instead create fighting techniques that by the  Read more...
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History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Shahar, Meir, 1959-
Shaolin monastery.
Honolulu : University of Hawai'i Press, ©2008
(DLC) 2007032532
(OCoLC)163614110
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Meir Shahar
ISBN: 9781435666481 1435666488 9780824868758 0824868757
OCLC Number: 259735411
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 281 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents: Origins of a military tradition (500-900) --
The monastery --
Serving the emperor --
Systemizing martial practice (900-1600) --
Defending the nation --
Staff legends --
Fist fighting and self-cultivation (1600-1900) --
Hand combat --
Gymnastics --
Suspect rebels --
Conclusion: History, religion, and the Chinese martial arts.
Responsibility: Meir Shahar.
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