RELG 3040 Mysticism, Magic, and Ritual in Ancient China
(Prior to Fall 2010, this course was known as REL 18.
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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 History 3532 [53.5].
Prerequisite: Core Curriculum 1220 [2.2], or History 3005, or permission of the chairperson.