The Daoist Tradition: An Introduction

The Daoist Tradition: An Introduction

By: Louis Komjathy (author)Paperback

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Using a historical, textual and ethnographic approach, this is the most comprehensive presentation of Daoism to date. In addition to revealing the historical contours and primary concerns of Chinese Daoists and Daoist communities, The Daoist Tradition provides an account of key themes and defining characteristics of Daoist religiosity, revealing Daoism to be a living and lived religion. Exploring Daoism from a comparative religious studies perspective, this book gives the reader a deeper understanding of religious traditions more broadly. Beginning with an overview of Daoist history, The Daoist Tradition then covers key elements of Daoist worldviews and major Daoist practices. This is followed by a discussion of the importance of place and sacred sites as well as representative examples of material culture in Daoism. The work concludes with an overview of Daoism in the modern world. The book includes a historical timeline, a map of China, 25 images, a glossary, text boxes, suggested reading and chapter overviews. A companion website provides both student and lecturer resources:

About Author

Louis Komjathy is Associate Professor of Chinese Religions and Comparative Religious Studies at the University of San Diego, USA. He also serves as Founding Co-Chair of the Daoist Studies Group of the American Academy of Religion and as Founding Co-Director of the Center for Daoist Studies.


Part 1: Historical Overview 1. Approaching Daoism 2. The Daoist Tradition Part 2: The Daoist Worldview 3. Ways to Affiliation 4. Community and Social Organization 5. Informing Views and Foundational Concerns 6. Cosmogony, Cosmology, and Theology 7. Virtue, Ethics and Conduct Guidelines Part 3: Daoist Practice 8. Dietetics 9. Health and Longevity Practice 10. Meditation 11. Scriptures and Scripture Study 12. Ritual Part 4: Place, Sacred Space and Material Culture 13. Temples and Sacred Sites 14. Material Culture Part 5: Daoism in the Modern World 15. Daoism in the Modern World

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781441168733
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 400
  • ID: 9781441168733
  • weight: 679
  • ISBN10: 1441168737

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