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The A to Z of Taoism /
Julian F. Pas.
edition
Rev. pbk. ed.
imprint
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2006.
description
xli, 415 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
0810855119 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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imprint
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2006.
isbn
0810855119 (pbk. : alk. paper)
standard identifier
9780810855113
general note
"The A to Z of Taoism is a revised paperback edition of the Historical Dictionary of Taoism, by Julian F. Pas, published by Scarecrow Press in 1998"--T.p. verso.
catalogue key
5947675
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 377-412).
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...will find its way into any library where Daoism is seriously and keenly studied.
Canadian scholar of religious and Far Eastern studies Pas (1929-2000) begins with a chronology of Taoism and an introduction setting it in the context of Chinese history and other religious traditions. Then he presents over 270 articles on people, movements, works, concepts, and other aspects.
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Canadian Library Summary
"As the least known of China's "Three Teachings" - the others being Buddhism and Confucianism - Taoism serves as a supplement and a corrective, as it has often done in the past. For this reason, it is enjoying ever greater appreciation around the world, especially in the West. Implicit and intuitive, the "Way" cannot be explained directly, but it can be intimated - as is done in this book." "The A to Z of Taoism starts with a detailed chronology of Taoism and its relationship to both China and other teachings, while the introduction expands on these ideas. The dictionary contains several hundred entries and provides a more detailed treatment of significant people, gods and demons, concepts, practices, rituals, scriptures, and schools. A comprehensive bibliography suggests further reading."--BOOK JACKET.
Long Description
Taoism, the set of philosophical teachings and religious practices rooted in the understanding of the Chinese character Tao, or _The Way,_ was founded by the Chinese philosopher Laozi in the 6th Century BCE, whose work, the Tao Te Ching (The Book of the Way and its Virtue) laid the philosophical foundation for the religion's beliefs. This volume starts, as it should, with a detailed chronology of Taoism and its relationship both to China and other teachings. The introduction inserts it further in this basic context. Then the dictionary section, consisting of several hundred cross-referenced entries, provides a more detailed treatment of significant persons, nonpersons (gods and demons), concepts, practices, rituals, scriptures, and schools. The bibliography suggests further reading.
Long Description
Taoism, the set of philosophical teachings and religious practices rooted in the understanding of the Chinese character Tao, or "The Way," was founded by the Chinese philosopher Laozi in the 6th Century BCE, whose work, the Tao Te Ching (The Book of the Way and its Virtue) laid the philosophical foundation for the religion's beliefs. This volume starts, as it should, with a detailed chronology of Taoism and its relationship both to China and other teachings. The introduction inserts it further in this basic context. Then the dictionary section, consisting of several hundred cross-referenced entries, provides a more detailed treatment of significant persons, nonpersons (gods and demons), concepts, practices, rituals, scriptures, and schools. The bibliography suggests further reading.

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