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The Daoist Tradition: An Introduction

The Daoist Tradition: An Introduction (Hardback)

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Using a historical, textual and ethnographic approach, this is the most comprehensive presentation of Daoism to date. In addition to revealing the historical contours and primary concerns of Chinese Daoists and Daoist communities, The Daoist Tradition provides an account of key themes and defining characteristics of Daoist religiosity, revealing Daoism to be a living and lived religion. Exploring Daoism from a comparative religious studies perspective, this book gives the reader a deeper understanding of religious traditions more broadly. Beginning with an overview of Daoist history, The Daoist Tradition then covers key elements of Daoist worldviews and major Daoist practices. This is followed by a discussion of the importance of place and sacred sites as well as representative examples of material culture in Daoism. The work concludes with an overview of Daoism in the modern world.



The book includes a historical timeline, a map of China, 25 images, a glossary, text boxes, suggested reading and chapter overviews. A companion website provides both student and lecturer resources: http://www.bloomsbury.com/the-daoist-tradition-9781441168733/

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSociologySociology: customs & traditionsReligion & BeliefsOther non-Christian religionsOriental religionsReligion & BeliefsReligion: general Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation Publication Date: 20/06/2013 ISBN-13: 9781441116697  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Louis Komjathy is Associate Professor of Chinese Religions and Comparative Religious Studies at the University of San Diego, USA. He also serves as Founding Co-Chair of the Daoist Studies Group of the American Academy of Religion and as Founding Co-Director of the Center for Daoist Studies.

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