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8. Surveilled, Harmonized, Purified: The Body in Chinese Religious Culture

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1. Title Title of document 8. Surveilled, Harmonized, Purified: The Body in Chinese Religious Culture - The Religious Body Imagined
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Ori Tavor; University of Pennsylvania; United States
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
4. Subject Keyword(s) body and religion; religious body; comparative religion; material religion; religion and culture; ethnography and religion; gender and religion; ritual
5. Subject Subject classification Body and Religion
6. Description Abstract This chapter will draw on Thomas Csordas’ theory of embodiment and ritual healing to offer an analysis of the relationship between demon quelling, sin, and personal wellbeing in religious Daoism. Current scholarship on the Daoist body tends to focus on individual meditative practices that involve the visualization of a pantheon of personal gods that reside within the inner geography of the body. In this chapter, however, I would like to shift the focus from individual elite practitioners to the early communities of organized Daoism known as the Celestial Masters. Drawing primarily on a scripture titled The Demon Statutes of Lady Blue, which combines an apocalyptic narrative with detailed descriptions of specific demons and the rituals needed to expel them, I will show that in these communities, the human body functioned not only as a symbol for the battle between gods and demons, but as the actual arena in which the fight takes place.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Nov-2021
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.39652
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; The Religious Body Imagined
16. Language English=en en
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19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd