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A History of Daoism and the Yao People of South China by Eli Alberts PDF

By Eli Alberts

The time period Yao refers to a non-sinitic conversing, southern "Chinese" those who originated in crucial China, south of the Yangzi River. regardless of categorization by way of chinese language and Western students of Yao as an ethnic minority with a primitive tradition, it really is now well-known that not just are convinced traces of non secular Daoism widespread in Yao ritual traditions, however the Yao tradition additionally stocks many components with pre-modern authentic and mainstream chinese language tradition. This e-book is the 1st to provide a history-part cultural, half political, and half religious-of contacts among the chinese language kingdom and autochthonous peoples (identified because the eleventh century as Yao humans) in what's now South China. It vividly information the impact of Daoism at the wealthy historical past and tradition of the Yao humans. The e-book additionally contains an exam of the categorical terminology, narratives, and logos (Daoist/ imperial) that characterize and mediate those contacts. "This is a vital piece of labor on a bit studied, yet very fascinating topic, specifically, Taoism one of the non-Sinitic peoples of South China and adjacent areas." - Professor Victor Mair, collage of Pennsylvania "This outstanding research by way of Eli Alberts has now cleared away a lot of the cloud that has been brought on by prior, usually impressionistic scholarship at the "Dao of the Yao". - Professor Barend J.ter Haar, Leiden University

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