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To Live as Long as Heaven and Earth

A Translation and Study of Ge Hong's Traditions of Divine Transcendents
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ISBN-13:
9780520927605
Seiten:
633
Autor:
Robert F. Campany
Serie:
2, Daoist Classics
eBook Typ:
PDF
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

In late classical and early medieval China, ascetics strove to become transcendents--deathless beings with supernormal powers. Practitioners developed dietetic, alchemical, meditative, gymnastic, sexual, and medicinal disciplines (some of which are still practiced today) to perfect themselves and thus transcend death. Narratives of their achievements circulated widely. Ge Hong (283-343 c.e.) collected and preserved many of their stories in his
Traditions of Divine Transcendents, affording us a window onto this extraordinary response to human mortality.



Robert Ford Campany's groundbreaking and carefully researched text offers the first complete, critical translation and commentary for this important Chinese religious work, at the same time establishing a method for reconstructing lost texts from medieval China. Clear, exacting, and annotated, the translation comprises over a hundred lively, engaging narratives of individuals deemed to have fought death and won. Additionally,
To Live as Long as Heaven and Earth systematically introduces the Chinese quest for transcendence, illuminating a poorly understood tradition that was an important source of Daoist religion and a major social, cultural, and religious phenomenon in its own right.
In late classical and early medieval China, ascetics strove to become transcendents--deathless beings with supernormal powers. Practitioners developed dietetic, alchemical, meditative, gymnastic, sexual, and medicinal disciplines (some of which are still practiced today) to perfect themselves and thus transcend death. Narratives of their achievements circulated widely. Ge Hong (283-343 c.e.) collected and preserved many of their stories in his Traditions of Divine Transcendents, affording us a window onto this extraordinary response to human mortality.



Robert Ford Campany's groundbreaking and carefully researched text offers the first complete, critical translation and commentary for this important Chinese religious work, at the same time establishing a method for reconstructing lost texts from medieval China. Clear, exacting, and annotated, the translation comprises over a hundred lively, engaging narratives of individuals deemed to have fought death and won. Additionally,
To Live as Long as Heaven and Earth systematically introduces the Chinese quest for transcendence, illuminating a poorly understood tradition that was an important source of Daoist religion and a major social, cultural, and religious phenomenon in its own right.
List of Illustrations

Foreword

Preface

Acknowledgments



PART ONE: TRADITIONS OF DIVINE TRANSCENDENTS AND ITS CONTEXT

Opening

Ge Hong and the Writing of
Traditions of Divine Transcendents

The Nature of the Religion Reflected in Ge Hong's Works

Text-Critical Matters



PART TWO: A CRITICAL, ANNOTATED TRANSLATION AND COMMENTARY

Group A: Earliest-Attested Hagiographies

Group A: Earliest-Attested Fragments

Group B: Early-Attested Hagiographies

Group B: Early-Attested Fragments

Group C: Later-Attested Hagiographies



PART THREE: TEXT-CRITICAL NOTES

On the Source Tests and the Temporal Differentiation of Passages

Group A: Sources of Earliest-Attested Hagiographies

Group A: Sources of Earliest-Attested Fragments

Group B: Sources of Early-Attested Hagiographies

Group B: Sources of Early-Attested Fragments

Group C: Sources of Later-Attested Hagiographies

Items Attributed to
Shenxian zhuan Excluded from This Translation



Bibliography

Index