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The Shaolin MonasteryHistory, Religion, and the Chinese Martial Arts$
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Meir Shahar

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824831103

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824831103.001.0001

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History, Religion, and the Chinese Martial Arts

History, Religion, and the Chinese Martial Arts

(p.197) Conclusion History, Religion, and the Chinese Martial Arts
The Shaolin Monastery

Meir Shahar

University of Hawai'i Press

This concluding chapter asserts that the history of the Shaolin Temple is not identical to the evolution of the Chinese martial arts. Even though, the monastery made important contributions to the development of late imperial fighting—armed and unarmed alike—and its military history mirrored trends that have transformed the martial arts in general, the history of the martial arts itself is larger than the temple's. The fighting techniques such as Taiji Quan, Xingyi Quan, and Shaolin Quan emerged during the sixteenth and the seventeenth centuries by a combination of economic, religious, and political factors that far exceeded the monastery's reach. In addition, these techniques drew on an ancient gymnastic tradition that had matured centuries before the monastery's founding.

Keywords:   Shaolin Temple, Chinese martial arts, Taiji Quan, Xingyi Quan, Shaolin Quan

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