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The Resource Making transcendents : ascetics and social memory in early medieval China, Robert Ford Campany

Making transcendents : ascetics and social memory in early medieval China, Robert Ford Campany

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Making transcendents : ascetics and social memory in early medieval China
Title
Making transcendents
Title remainder
ascetics and social memory in early medieval China
Statement of responsibility
Robert Ford Campany
Title variation
Ascetics and social memory in early medieval China
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"By the middle of the third century B. CE. in China there were individuals who sought to become transcendents (xian) - deathless, godlike beings endowed with supernormal powers. The search for transcendence became a major form of religious expression and helped lay the foundation on which the first Daoist religion was built. Both xian and those who aspired to this exalted status in the centuries leading up to 350 C.E. have traditionally been portrayed as secretive and hermit-like figures. This groundbreaking study offers a very different view of xian-seekers in late classical and early medieval China. It suggests that transcendence did not involve a withdrawal from society but rather should be seen as a religious role situated among oilier social roles and conceived in contrast to them. Robert Campany argues that the much-discussed secrecy surrounding ascetic disciplines was actually one important way in which practitioners presented themselves to others. He contends, moreover, that many adepts were not socially isolated at all but were much sought after for their power to heal the sick, divine the future, and narrate their exotic experiences." "The book moves from a description of the roles of xian and xian-seekers to an account of how individuals filled these roles, whether by their own agency or by others' - or, often, by both. Campany summarizes the repertoire of features that constituted xian roles and presents a detailed example of what analyses of those cultural repertoires look like. He charts the functions of a basic dialectic in the self-presentations of adepts and examines their narratives and relations with others, including family members and officials. Finally, he looks at hagiographies as attempts to persuade readers as to the identities and reputations of past individuals. His interpretation of these stories allows us to see how reputations were shaped and even co-opted - sometimes quite surprisingly - into the ranks of xian." "Making Transcendents provides a nuanced discussion that draws on a sophisticated grasp of diverse theoretical sources while being thoroughly grounded in traditional Chinese hagiographical, historiographical, and scriptural texts. The picture it presents of the search for transcendence as a social phenomenon in early medieval China is original and provocative, as is the paradigm it offers for understanding the roles of holy persons in other societies."--Jacket
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N$T
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1959-
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Campany, Robert Ford
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Asceticism
  • Taoism
  • RELIGION
  • PHILOSOPHY
  • Taoism
  • China
  • Asket
  • Hsien
  • China
  • ascétisme
  • société (milieu humain)
  • China
Label
Making transcendents : ascetics and social memory in early medieval China, Robert Ford Campany
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Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-289) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Bringing transcendents down to earth -- The transcendent's cultural repertoire -- Deeper repertoire analysis: "avoiding grains" -- Secret arts, manifest wonders -- Verbal self-presentation and audience response -- Adepts and their communities -- Adepts, their families, and the imperium -- Hagiographic persuasions
Control code
ocn436160451
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xviii, 300 pages)
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781441620163
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
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JSTOR
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22573/ctt62t7rf
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not applicable
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)436160451
Label
Making transcendents : ascetics and social memory in early medieval China, Robert Ford Campany
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-289) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Bringing transcendents down to earth -- The transcendent's cultural repertoire -- Deeper repertoire analysis: "avoiding grains" -- Secret arts, manifest wonders -- Verbal self-presentation and audience response -- Adepts and their communities -- Adepts, their families, and the imperium -- Hagiographic persuasions
Control code
ocn436160451
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xviii, 300 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781441620163
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt62t7rf
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)436160451

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