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Making Transcendents: Ascetics and Social Memory in Early Medieval China

Robert Ford Campany

Abstract

By the middle of the third century BCE in China there were individuals who sought to become transcendents (xian)—deathless, godlike beings endowed with supernormal powers. This quest 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 CE have traditionally been portrayed as secretive and hermit-like figures. This book offers a different view of xian seekers in late classical and early medieval China. It suggests that tra ... More

Keywords: China, transcendents, xian, transcendence, religious expression, Daoist religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780824833336
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824833336.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Ford Campany, author
University of Southern California