Declarations of the Perfected: Part One: Setting Scripts and Imaegs into Motion
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350pp. May 2013
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Declarations of the Perfected: Part One: Setting Scripts and Imaegs into Motion
Author: Smith, Thomas E.;
Declarations of the Perfected is the first complete, annotated translation of the Zhen’gao, Tao Hongjing’s (456–536) masterful compilation of the Shangqing, or Higher Clarity revelations, setting the stage for the heyday of medieval Daoism. This volume presents its first part (fasc. 1–4), centering around the practice of achieving “spiritual union,” a spiritual analogue to sexual intercourse, with Perfected partners. The book is the first to examine in depth the full process of this practice.

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“The Zhen’gao is a key text for the understanding of the beginnings of Higher Clarity as a new religious tradition of medieval China. This work renders it fully accessible for the first time. It is a must not only for sinologists and Daoist scholars but also for students of comparative religion and Asia historians.”—Stephan Peter Bumbacher, University of Tübingen
Author: Smith, Thomas E.;



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