Taoism and the Rite of Cosmic Renewal

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Washington State University Press, 1990 - Religion - 152 pages
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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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Contents

Introduction to the Second Edition
9
The YinYang Theory as the Basis of Chinese Religion
15
An Etic Description
43
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Saso is a member of the Department of Religion at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

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