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The Shaolin Monastery: History, Religion, and the Chinese Martial Arts

Meir Shahar


This book charts the history of the Shaolin Temple and the evolution of its world-renowned martial arts. It considers the economic, political, and religious factors that led Shaolin monks to disregard the Buddhist prohibition against violence and instead create fighting techniques that by the twenty-first century have spread throughout the world. The book examines the monks' relations with successive Chinese regimes, beginning with the assistance they lent to the seventh-century Emperor Li Shimin and culminating more than a millennium later with their complex relations with Qing rulers, who su ... More

Keywords: Shaolin Temple, martial arts, Shaolin monks, Emperor Li Shimin, Qing rulers, Buddhism, violence, Shaolin fighting

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780824831103
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824831103.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Meir Shahar, author
Tel Aviv University

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