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Introducing Daoism


Introducing Daoism

Author(s) : Kohn, Livia
Publishers Price : 19.99
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ISBN : 0415439981
EAN : 9780415439985
Cover : Paperback
Pages : 280
Size : 244 x 174mm
Publisher : Routledge
Published : 2008
Category : Taoism
Synopsis:
A lively and accessible introduction to the fascinating religion of Taoism, presenting the key concepts and major practices in an integrated historical survey.

From its origins in antiquity, through the Tang, Ming and Quing dynasties, and to the present day, Livia Kohn explores Taoism's movements and schools, including: Taoist philosophy, the organized religion, and Taoist health practices. Each chapter introduces the main historical events of the period, the leading figures in Taoism, Taoist scriptures and practices, as well as covering a wealth of fascinating topics such as Chinese cosmology, Taoist understanding of the body, rutuals and doctrine, meditation, mythology and poetry. Kohn examines the connections between the defining concepts, history and practices of Taoism, and key issues in Asian and Western comparative religions, making this the essential text for students studying Taoism on World Religions courses.

Illustrated throughout, the book also includes text boxes, summary charts, a glossary which includes Chinese characters, and a list of further reading to aid students' understanding.

"This is a first-rate introduction to Daoism, a book that meets a real need in the undergraduate classroom. Concisely and engagingly written, this book expertly guides the beginning student into the complex world of Daoism, providing a splendid overview of its philosophy and practice, from its beginning to the present." Alan Chan, National University of Singapore.

"A fine work on Daoism by one of leading scholars in the field. It provides a transparently structured and accessible introduction to the Daoist tradition." Philip Clart.
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