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The golden age of Daoists, rather than being imaginary, closely matches life in the Mesolithic, ca. 9000-5000 BCE, a sedentary form of hunting and collecting before the full development of... More > agriculture and the rise of stratified societies and discriminating consciousness. The book examines fundamental Daoist values, modes of thinking, dietetics, communities, leadership ideals, nonviolence, gender equality as well as methods of self-cultivation in relation to prehistoric patterns. An enlightening account of Daoism in the context of human development since the Paleolithic, Pristine Affluence offers a new vision of the Daoist tradition, Chinese history, and essential human choices.< Less
Pristine Affluence: Daoist Roots in the Stone Age
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The golden age of Daoists, rather than being imaginary, closely matches life in the Mesolithic, ca. 9000-5000 BCE, a sedentary form of hunting and gathering before the full development of agriculture... More > and the rise of stratified societies and discriminating consciousness. Pristine Affluence examines fundamental values, social structure, leadership ideals, nonviolence, Daoist diet, gender equality as well as forms worship and self-cultivation within this context An enlightening account of Daoism in the context of human development since the Paleolithic, it offers a new vision of the Daoist tradition, Chinese history, and essential human choices.< Less
Daoism and Chinese Culture
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A long-awaited textbook that introduces the major schools, teachings, and practices of Daoism, this work presents a chronological survey that is thematically divided into four parts: Ancient Thought,... More > Religious Communities, Spiritual Practices, and Modernity. The work offers an integrated vision of the Daoist tradition in its historical and cultural context, establishing connections with relevant information on Confucianism, Chinese Buddhism, popular religion, and political developments. It also places Daoism into a larger theoretical and comparative framework, relating it to mysticism, millenarianism, forms of religious organization, ritual, meditation, and modernity. The book makes ample use of original materials and provides references to further readings and original sources in translation. It is a powerful resource for teaching and studying alike.< Less
Chen Tuan: Discussions and Translations
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This book contains three essays and five translations on the Song Daoist saint and immortal Chen Tuan. It began with the author’s dissertation (Leben und Legende des Chen Tuan, 1981), which... More > focused on questions of legend development and the problem of what "immortality" meant as a religious ideal in the Song dynasty. Later she supplemented this work with materials on Chen Tuan as a physiognomist (1986; 1988) and by editing a volume for Taoist Resources (1989). The collection includes all these and some additional materials.< Less
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