HARVARD-YENCHING INSTITUTE MONOGRAPH SERIES
Cover: Celestial Masters: History and Ritual in Early Daoist Communities, from Harvard University PressCover: Celestial Masters in HARDCOVER

Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph Series 102

Celestial Masters

History and Ritual in Early Daoist Communities

Add to Cart

Product Details

HARDCOVER

$49.95 • £39.95 • €45.00

ISBN 9780674737167

Publication Date: 07/11/2016

Text

In 142 CE, the divine Lord Lao descended to Mount Cranecall (Sichuan province) to establish a new covenant with humanity through a man named Zhang Ling, the first Celestial Master. Facing an impending apocalypse caused by centuries of sin, Zhang and his descendants forged a communal faith centering on a universal priesthood, strict codes of conduct, and healing through the confession of sins; this faith was based upon a new, bureaucratic relationship with incorruptible supernatural administrators. By the fourth century, Celestial Master Daoism had spread to all parts of China, and has since played a key role in China’s religious and intellectual history.

Celestial Masters is the first book in any Western language devoted solely to the founding of the world religion Daoism. It traces the movement from the mid-second century CE through the sixth century, examining all surviving primary documents in both secular and canonical sources to offer a comprehensive account of the development of this poorly understood religion. It also provides a detailed analysis of ritual life within the movement, covering the roles of common believer or Daoist citizen, novice, and priest or libationer.

Awards & Accolades

  • 2017 Stanislas Julien Prize, Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres
The Cosmopolitan Tradition: A Noble but Flawed Ideal, by Martha C. Nussbaum, from Harvard University Press

From Our Blog

Jacket: The Arcades Project, by Walter Benjamin, from Harvard University Press

Benjamin’s Arcades at 20 Years

This month marks the twentieth anniversary of the publication of the English translation of Walter Benjamin’s The Arcades Project. Lindsay Waters, Executive Editor for the Humanities at HUP, reflects on its publication history.

‘manifold glories of classical Greek and Latin’

The digital Loeb Classical Library (loebclassics.com) extends the founding mission of James Loeb with an interconnected, fully searchable, perpetually growing virtual library of all that is important in Greek and Latin literature.