Daoism: A Beginner’s Guide (Oneworld Beginner’s Guides) by James Miller

By James Miller

Spanning the centuries and crossing the globe, this enticing creation covers every thing Daoist, from the faith of the ancients to twenty first century T'ai Chi and meditation. whole with a timeline of Daoist historical past and a whole word list, this can turn out priceless to scholars, and somebody who needs to profit extra in regards to the origins and nature of a profound culture, and approximately its position and relevance in our fast-moving twenty first century lifestyles.

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She is widely revered by women as the most important female Daoist role-model. Through the network of monasteries that were established by Wang’s followers, the methods of internal alchemy became more widespread throughout China. The quest for immortality had previously been the goal of the elite few, but this goal now became accessible to many in the form of breathing and other energy practices that aimed to stimulate and guide the flow of qi in the body. Of course few people attained the goal of immortality, and those who did are now honoured as divine beings – but many people were able to use the practices developed in the monasteries to improve their ordinary lives.

The most spectacular case of care given to the soul can be seen in the famous terracotta warriors, some six thousand of them who were buried to protect the grave of the first Qin Emperor (Qin shi huangdi, r. 221–210 bce). A more conventional way of ensuring the successful afterlife of the po in the underworld was by offering the blood of sacrificed animals and other desirable goods. Nowadays the most common form of offering is fruit and other comestibles, but offerings can also take the form of burning paper money and credit cards at the graveside.

The most spectacular case of care given to the soul can be seen in the famous terracotta warriors, some six thousand of them who were buried to protect the grave of the first Qin Emperor (Qin shi huangdi, r. 221–210 bce). A more conventional way of ensuring the successful afterlife of the po in the underworld was by offering the blood of sacrificed animals and other desirable goods. Nowadays the most common form of offering is fruit and other comestibles, but offerings can also take the form of burning paper money and credit cards at the graveside.

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