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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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(p.259) Epilogue
Making Transcendents

Robert Ford Campany

University of Hawai'i Press

This concluding chapter explains how individuals became transcendents not solely by their own efforts but by those of many other people as well. They came to be recognized as transcendents in the course of their multifaceted interactions with others, and, as a result of people’s responses to them, during and after their active presence in communities. Although there was no official body or formal procedure governing these social, verbal, and textual processes of recognition, they were no less decisive for being decentralized and informal. Thus, transcendence, like any other designation of the achievement of holiness or spiritual virtuosity in any religious or cultural tradition, was socially constituted.

Keywords:   transcendents, multifaceted interactions, cultural tradition, communities, holiness

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