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Celestial Masters

History and Ritual in Early Daoist Communities

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$49.95 • £39.95 • €45.00

ISBN 9780674737167

Publication Date: 07/11/2016


  • List of Illustrations*
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • I. History
    • 1. The Founding of the Celestial Master Church: External Evidence
      • The Record of the Three Kingdoms
      • Zhang Xiu and Liu Yan
      • The Hanzhong Theocracy
      • Daoist Institutions and Life in Hanzhong
    • 2. The Founding of the Celestial Master Church: Internal Documents
      • The Revelation to Zhang Ling
      • The Zhang Pu Stele of 173
      • The Laozi and the Xiang’er Commentary
      • Daoists and the Profane
      • Authority in the Xiang’er
    • 3. After the Fall: Daoism in the Third Century
      • Yangping Parish
      • Church Offices
      • The Parish System
      • Commands and Precepts for the Great Family of the Dao
      • Demon Statutes of Lady Blue
      • Prohibitions and Taboos
      • The Merging of the Pneumas Rite
      • Demons and the Dao
    • 4. Daoism under the Northern and Southern Dynasties
      • The Li Family and the Cheng-Han State
      • North China: The Northern Wei and Northern Zhou
      • South China: Gentry Daoism and Sun En
  • II. Ritual and Community
    • 5. Ritual Life
      • The Oratory
      • The Parish
      • Daoist Attire
    • 6. The Daoist Citizen
      • Precepts
      • The Daily Audience
      • The Assemblies
      • The Kitchens
    • 7. The Novice
      • The Register
      • Ordination
      • Promotion
      • Gender, Class, and Ethnicity
      • Appendix: “The Codes and Precepts for Disciples in Serving Their Masters”
    • 8. The Libationer
      • The Itinerant Evangelist and the Parish Master
      • The Parish System
      • The Libationer and Spirit Revelation
      • The Libationer as Judge
      • The Libationer as Pastor
      • Petitions
      • Rules for Submitting Petitions
      • Writing the Petition
      • How to Submit a Petition
      • Types of Petition
      • How to Draw a Talisman
      • Pledge Offerings
      • Rituals for the Dead
  • Epilogue
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • * Illustrations
    • 1. Map of the original twenty-four parishes (ershisi zhi 二十四治) established by Zhang Daoling.
    • 2. The Xiang’er commentary to the Laozi.
    • 3. Map of Daoist diaspora, ca. 215 CE.
    • 4. Votive statue of Lord Lao.
    • 5. Rubbing of the Scripture of the Yellow Court attributed to Wang Xizhi.
    • 6a–c. A Yao Daoist ordination.
    • 7. Emissary and Three Officers.
    • 8. Emissaries and the Four Realms.

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