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By Christine Mollier

ISBN-10: 0824831691

ISBN-13: 9780824831691

ISBN-10: 0824834119

ISBN-13: 9780824834111

Christine Mollier unearths during this quantity formerly unexplored dimensions of the interplay among Buddhism and Taoism in medieval China. whereas students of chinese language religions have lengthy well-known the mutual affects linking the 2 traditions, Mollier the following brings to gentle their severe contest for hegemony within the domain names of scripture and formality. Drawing on a far-reaching research of canonical texts, including manuscript assets from Dunhuang and the monastic libraries of Japan—many of them studied right here for the 1st time—she demonstrates the contest and complementarity of the 2 nice chinese language religions of their quest to handle own and collective fears of various ills, together with sorcery, famine, and premature loss of life. during this context, Buddhist apocrypha and Taoist scriptures have been composed via a technique of mutual borrowing, yielding parallel texts, Mollier argues, that heavily reflected each other. Life-extending innovations, astrological observances, talismans, spells, and using effigies and icons to solve the elemental preoccupations of medieval society have been equally integrated in either religions. in lots of circumstances, hence, one and a similar physique of fabric are available in either Buddhist and Taoist guises.

Among the exorcistic, prophylactic, and healing ritual tools explored the following intimately are the "Heavenly Kitchens" that provide divine meals to their adepts, incantations that have been promoted to counteract bewitchment, in addition to talismans for achieving durability and the safety of stellar deities. The future of the Jiuku Tianzun, the Taoist bodhisattva whose salvific challenge and iconography have been modeled on Guanyin (Avalokitesvara), is tested at size. throughout the case-studies set forth right here, the styles wherein medieval Buddhists and Taoists each one appropriated and remodeled for his or her personal use the rites and scriptures oftheir competitors are printed with unheard of precision.

Buddhism and Taoism nose to nose is amply illustrated with drawings and diagrams from canonical and manuscript resources, including artwork and artifacts photographed via the writer during her box examine in China. subtle in its research, huge in its synthesis of a number of tricky fabric, and unique in its interpretations, it is going to be required interpreting for these drawn to East Asian religions and within the heritage of the medieval chinese language sciences, together with astrology, medication and divination.

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