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Chinese Poetry and Prophecy

The Written Oracle in East Asia (Asian Religions & Culture)

By Michel Strickmann, Bernard Faure (Edited by)

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Format: Paperback, 248 pages
Other Information: 40 figures
Published In: United States, 31 March 2005
“ ...this fascinating book provides the reader with a new and vivid description of a number of prototypes of temple oracles in China and beyond.” — Journal of Chinese Religions
“ This work will undoubtedly achieve for the Chinese temple oracle the recognition it deserves in histories of divination. More importantly, as Strickmann demonstrates, the study of such divination sequences has a great deal to tell us of the history of the book, the study of morality books, and the history of cultural contact.” — Stephen R. Bokenkamp, Indiana University

Table of Contents

CONTENTS INTRODUCTION I. RITUAL AND RANDOMIZATION II. CHINESE ORACLES IN PARTIBUS III. TERMINA TECHNICA IV. MODERN STUDIES, EDITIONS AND TRANSLATIONS V. NEW EVIDENCE: A CLUTCH OF TAOIST ORACLES VI. NEW EVIDENCE: THE OLDEST BUDDHIST SEQUENCE VII. LA TRAHISON DES CLEROMANES: DIVINATION IN A BUDDHIST SETTING VIII. WRITING AND CHINESE RITUAL IX. VISIONS OF DIFFUSION: CENTRAL ASIA AND THE WEST BIBLIOGRAPHY A. East Asian Sources B. Secondary Literature INDEX

About the Author

The late Michel Strickmann was Professor of Chinese Religions at the University of California, Berkeley, and a world-renowned expert on Taoism and on Asian popular religion. Stanford University Press has also published his Chinese Magical Medicine (2002).

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"Strickmann calls us to study these poems as both prosodic masterpieces and vehicles of religious praxis,... The reader gains a new appreciation for the role of writing in Chinese ritual and the role of divination in the lives of Chinese people. The author also conveys the puissance of Chinese religion that has moved in all directions throughout the centuries." - China Review International "...this fascinating book provides the reader with a new and vivid description of a number of prototypes of temple oracles in China and beyond." - Journal of Chinese Religions

EAN: 9780804743358
ISBN: 0804743355
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Dimensions: 23.47 x 16.26 x 1.42 centimetres (0.34 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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