A World of Their Own: Daoist Monks and Their Community in Contemporary China

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Paperback: $35.00
ISBN-13: 9781931483254
Published: May 2013

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260 pages
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  • About the Book
  • Following the fate of a small Daoist community temple, the Wengongci in the town of Hanzhong, Shaanxi, the author examines the structure of the temple, the monastics living in it, its surrounding lay community, and the gods worshiped in its confines. In a second part, she outlines the individual’s path as a Daoist monastic today, from the choice of the religious life through the various forms of training to advanced ordinations and activities in the society. Finally, she discusses the greater community of the Dao in terms of pseudo-kinship structures and gender issues.

  • About the Author(s)
    • Adeline Herrou, Author

    • Livia Kohn, Translator

      Livia Kohn, Ph.D., is Professor Emerita of Religion and East Asian Studies at Boston University. The author or editor of close to sixty books (including the annual Journal of Daoist Studies), she spent ten years in Kyoto doing research. She now serves as the executive editor of Three Pines Press, runs international conferences and workshops, and guides study tours to Japan.
    • Livia Kohn, Translator

      Livia Kohn, Ph.D., is Professor Emerita of Religion and East Asian Studies at Boston University. The author or editor of close to sixty books (including the annual Journal of Daoist Studies), she spent ten years in Kyoto doing research. She now serves as the executive editor of Three Pines Press, runs international conferences and workshops, and guides study tours to Japan.
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