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Great Clarity: Daoism and Alchemy in Early Medieval China

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This is the first book to examine extensively the religious aspects of Chinese alchemy. Its main focus is the relation of alchemy to the Daoist traditions of the early medieval period (third to sixth centuries). It shows how alchemy contributed to and was tightly integrated into the elaborate body of doctrines and practices that Daoists built at that time, from which Daois

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Hardcover, 1st edition Asian Religions & Cultures, 367 pages
Published February 27th 2006 by Stanford University Press
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Mel
Without a doubt the best book on external alchemy in China. Will write a proper review this weekend but its great!
This is the best book on external alchemy that I've read and probably the best scholarly book I've read so far this year. I've always thought external alchemy was much less interesting than internal alchemy but this book totally chained my mind. It looks in detail at the different corpus of writing, and how they came to be. It includes theoretical ideas as well as lots of rituals an
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Fabrizio Pregadio has taught at different universities in Italy, Germany, the United States, and Canada. He is the author of Great Clarity Daoism and Alchemy in Early Medieval China (Stanford University Press, 2006) and the editor of The Encyclopedia of Taoism (Routledge, 2008).

In addition to his scholarly activities, he publishes translations of original texts on Taoism and Taoist Internal A
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