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The Taoist Body
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Table of Contents

FOREWORD BY NORMAN GIRADOT
AUTHOR'S NOTE
l
Taoism
The Notion of Religion
The Tao
The History of Taoism
The Destruction of Taoism

2
Everyday Religion
The Temples
The Calendar
Festivals
Food

3
Divinity
Cosmology
The Gods
Spiritual Power

4
The Masters of the Gods
Puppets and Mediums
The Barefoot Master and His Ritual
The Dignitaries of the Tao
The Register

5
Ritual
Becoming a Tao-shih
The Sacrifice ofWritings
The Altar

6
The Inner Landscape
The Environment
The Image of the Body
The Inhabitants

7
Lao Tzu, the Body of the Tao
Birth

8
Keeping the One
The Preliminary Stage: The Work of the
Ch'i (Ch'i-kung)
Chaos: The Work of the Tao
The Return

9
The Immortals
The Abstinence from Grains
Mountains
Alchemy

10
Teaching without Words
The Kingdom of Humpty-Dumpty
The Fast of the Heart
Daily Life

NOTES
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX

About the Author

Kristofer Schipper is currently Directeur d'Etudes at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Sorbonne, Paris. An ordained Taoist priest and one of the world's leading authorities on Taoism, Schipper has published extensively on the subject in French, English, Chinese, and Japanese. Karen C. Duval is Research Editor with The Papers of Benjamin Franklin. Norman Girardot is chairman of the Department of Religious Studies at Lehigh University and author of Myth and Meaning in Early Taoism (California, 1983).

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"Schipper is one of the best-known scholars on the Taoist religion and the only one in the West who has been ordained as a Taoist priest. . . . This book is thought-provoking."--"Journal of Asian and African Studies

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