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Alchemists, Mediums, and Magicians: Stories of Taoist Mystics
Here is an introduction to the magical and mystical realm of Taoism through biographical and historical sketches of Taoist adepts over two thousand years. This panoramic view of the many faces of Taoism and its intimate connection with Chinese culture and society includes intriguing accounts of the Taoist secret societies that carried out mystical exercises and powerful ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 13th 2009 by Shambhala
(first published 2001)
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A translation of a book of biographical sketches of (primarily) Taoist masters (11th century BCE - 13th CE) which was compiled by Zhang Tianyu in the 14th century when, evidently, history was not a discipline which is to say there's very little depth or finesse in the telling. I found it very tedious to read and wasn't sure what the point was. The interesting bits are buried in repetitive recounting of names, places, rank and dynasty. Although amply footnoted, there's really nothing in the way ...more