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Making TranscendentsAscetics and Social Memory in Early Medieval China$
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Robert Ford Campany

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833336

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833336.001.0001

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Deeper Repertoire Analysis

Deeper Repertoire Analysis

“Avoiding Grains”

(p.62) Chapter 3 Deeper Repertoire Analysis
Making Transcendents

Robert Ford Campany

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter focuses on adepts’ avoidance of “grains” or duangu (cutting off grains). This regimen directed adepts to minimize or entirely avoid eating things considered to be staple foods in the surrounding culture, and to subsist on pure qi (ingested in breathing exercises) or qi as available in certain rare herbal or mineral substances. A well-known passage from the oldest portion of the Zhuangzi related this act to the dietary practice of a divine man who subsisted only on wind and dew. This divine being, who had become free from plagues through such a practice, had somehow helped grains grow by his own self-cultivation.

Keywords:   adepts, duangu, grains, staple foods, Zhuangzi, self-cultivation

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