Ancestors and Anxiety
Daoism and the Birth of Rebirth in China
By (author) Stephen R. Bokenkamp
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Ancestors and Anxiety by Stephen R. Bokenkamp
Book DescriptionThis innovative work on Chinese concepts of the afterlife is the result of Stephen Bokenkamp's groundbreaking study of Chinese scripture and the incorporation of Indic concepts into the Chinese worldview. Here, he explores how Chinese authors, including Daoists and non-Buddhists, received and deployed ideas about rebirth from the third to the sixth centuries C.E. In tracing the antecedents of these scriptures, Bokenkamp uncovers a stunning array of non-Buddhist accounts that provide detail on the realms of the dead, their denizens, and human interactions with them. Bokenkamp demonstrates that the motive for the Daoist acceptance of Buddhist notions of rebirth lay not so much in the power of these ideas as in the work they could be made to do.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520259881
(229mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 4-Feb-2009
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Stephen R. Bokenkamp
Early Daoist Scriptures, Paperback (June 1999)» View all books by Stephen R. Bokenkamp
For centuries Daoism (Taoism) has played a central role in the development of Chinese thought and civilization. This title introduces the reader to ancient scriptures, providing a systematic introduction to early Daoism (c 2nd-6th CE). It is suitable for students of religion, and for scholars wishing to explore Daoist sacred literature.
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Author Biography - Stephen R. Bokenkamp
Stephen R. Bokenkamp is Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Indiana University. He is the author of Early Daoist Scriptures (UC Press).
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