Taoism and the Rite of Cosmic Renewal
This new edition of a WSU Press classic provides an introduction to the rituals of orthodox Taoism as practiced in China. Ritual performances by a Heavenly Master sect Taoist, Chuang-ch'en Teng-yun, are described, as well as the Yin-Yang theory, the Chiao ritual from both etic and emic perspectives, the philosophical basis of the rituals of renewal, and the status of Taoism in modern China. Saso has enhanced and updated this edition of his earlier study. It makes available to the public the intricacies and beauties of the esoteric rites of orthodox Taoism, an age-old ritual system performed behind locked doors of village temples.
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Introduction to the Second Edition
The YinYang Theory as the Basis of Chinese Religion
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