HIST 3532 Mysticism, Magic, and Ritual in Ancient China

3 hours; 3 credits

The history of Daoism, the indigenous religion of China, from ancient times to the fifth century C.E. The roots of Daoism in ancient Chinese shamanism. Early mystical practices such as meditation, spirit journeying, macrobiotic diet, sexual yoga.The classical philosophy of Laozi and Zhuangzi. The political Daoism of the late Warring States and Han. The Daoist rebellions of 184 C.E. Magic and ritual practices of the Daoist church. Medieval Chinese alchemy. This course is the same as Religion 3040.


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