Blue Dragon, White Tiger: Taoist Rites of Passage
A view of Chinese religion from the Taoist perspective, which is based on the hypothesis that all Chinese rites of passage are structured by Yin-Yang cosmology. The rituals of marriage, birthing, initiation and burial and all major annual festivals are described.
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