Buddhism and Taoism Fact to Face: Scripture, Ritual, and Iconographic Exchange in Medieval China
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 15th 2009 by University of Hawai'i Press
(first published January 2008)
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Brilliant, absolutely brilliant book on how Daoism and Buddhism cosied up to one another from the 3-9C in China. Mollier is a superb scholar and this work deserves the Stanislas Julien Prize for Scholarship in Asian Studies it was awarded. Mollier's meticulous studies include examples of plagiarism, forgery, evolution and influence as these two religions (one native and one foreign) vied for popularity and followers in medieval China. There is an excellent introduction, which introduces the diff...more
Dec 17, 2012 Mel rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Buddhism and Taoism face to face looks at the exchange of scripture, ritual and deities in Medieval China. Mollier covers nearly all of my favourite concepts of Chinese religion, talismans, witchcraft, ghosts, exorcism and possession, astrology and Guan Yin. She makes tremendous use of the Dunhuang manuscripts, contrasting Buddhist and Taoists texts which have previously been studied separately. Her knowledge of both Taoism and Buddhism is remarkable and as such is able to look at similarities o...more