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Chinese Magical Medicine

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This book argues that the most profound and far-reaching effects of Buddhism on Chinese culture occurred at the level of practice, specifically in religious rituals designed to cure people of disease, demonic possession, and bad luck. This practice would leave its most lasting imprint on the liturgical tradition of Taoism. In focusing on religious practice, it provides a c ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published March 25th 2002 by Stanford University Press (first published 2002)
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I bought this book back in May and have been waiting till I got to a far enough point in the dissertation to read it as my reward! I think it fairly safe to say that this was my favourite non-fiction book I read in 2010! While the title includes medicine, the book is much more focused on the magic side of things. This book covers everything, it looks at the Taoist and Buddhist perspectives on demons, exorcism, sigils, spells, spirit posession and healing. It covers mostly the early modern period ...more
Fun stuff on ritual, exorcisms, liturgy, the places where buddhism and daoism feed/crash into each other.
interesting survey of mostly Buddhism (but some Taoist) methods of treating 'illness'
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