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Author Huang, Shih-shan Susan.
Title Picturing the true form : Daoist visual culture in traditional China / Shih-shan Susan Huang.
Published Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Asia Center : Distributed by Harvard University Press, 2012.
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 Floor3  N8199.T36 C64 2012    IN LIBRARY
  
Description xxiv, 497 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm.
Series Harvard East Asian monographs ; 342.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Machine generated contents note: Visual Dimensions -- Conceptual Framework -- Aniconic, Immaterial, and Ephemeral -- Facets of Daoism -- Primary Sources -- Daoist Tu in the Daozang -- Overview of the Book -- INNER CHAPTERS: ESOTERIC UNDERPINNINGS -- 1.Imagery of Body and Cosmos -- Body Gods -- Early Divinities -- Planets and Bureaucrats -- Ritual Activation -- Visualizations of Stars -- Journeys to the Northern Dipper -- Imaginary Star Maps -- Stars in the Body -- Iconic Forms -- Souls and Worms -- The Seven Material Souls and Three Deathbringers -- Physical Parasites -- Control and Elimination -- Illustrating Internal Alchemy -- The Inner Realm -- The Medical Body -- Body Landscapes -- Interior Journeys -- 2.Mapping the World -- Daoist Creation -- Sacred Charts -- Heavens and Upper Worlds -- Vertical Heavens -- Lateral Expansion -- Earthly Paradises -- The Ten Continents and Three Isles -- The Five Sacred Peaks -- Grotto Heavens -- Hells and the Underworld -- Mount Fengdu -- Women in Hell -- 3.True Form Charts -- Metamorphoses of the Man-Bird Mountain -- Man-Bird Writings -- Birds in Heavenly Scripts -- The Five Sacred Peaks -- The Mystical Cosmos -- The Fengshui Connection -- Mountain Treasures -- Minerals and Herbs -- Magical Mushrooms -- 4.Materiality of Daoist Sacred Space -- Forms of Daochang -- The Oratory -- The Public Altar -- Multiple Layers -- Multiple Stages -- Cultural and Religious Sources -- Soul Places -- Ritual Objects -- Flags and Banners -- Mirrors -- Writing Utensils -- Documents -- Spirit Money -- 5.Performing the Salvation Ritual -- The Yellow Register Purgation -- Calling Out the Body Gods -- Ascent and Summons -- Attack on Hell -- Opening the Hells -- The Master's Staff -- Artistic Depictions -- Rescuing Souls -- Bathing and Feeding -- The Water Land Ritual -- Salvation through Refinement -- Internal Visualizations -- The External Rite -- Concluding Ceremonies -- 6.Paintings of Mobile Deities -- Daoist Painters at Work -- Preparation -- Sketchbooks -- Teamwork -- Priests as Painters -- Three Officials of Heaven, Earth, and Water -- Pictorial Formulas -- Annual Festivals -- Pictorial Conventions -- The Heavenly Descent -- Daoist Deities in Procession -- Visualization Practice -- Earthly Excursions -- Tours of Inspection -- The Subjugation of Demons -- The Tree Goblin and the Ape Monster -- Ocean Crossings -- Crossing Over to Salvation -- Thunder Troops -- The Female Soul -- The Ritual Context -- Mobile Deities -- Yellow Register Painting.
Language Some text in Chinese.
Subject Taoist art and symbolism.
China -- Religious life and customs.
Alternate Title Daoist visual culture in traditional China
ISBN 9780674065734
0674065735
OCLC number 758383292