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Daoism: A Guide for the Perplexed - Guides for the Perplexed (Hardback)
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Daoism: A Guide for the Perplexed - Guides for the Perplexed (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 13/03/2014
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Daoism is a global religious and cultural phenomenon characterized by multiculturalism and ethnic diversity. Daoism: A Guide for the Perplexed offers a clear and thorough survey of this ancient and modern religious tradition. The book includes an overview of Daoist history, including key individuals and movements, translations of primary Daoist texts, and discussions of key dimensions of Daoist religiosity, covering primary concerns and defining characteristics of the religion. Specifically designed to meet the needs of students and general readers seeking a thorough understanding of the religion, this book is the ideal guide to studying and understanding Daoism as a lived and living religious community.

Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
ISBN: 9781441157959
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 464 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 20 mm


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The strength of this book is that Komjathy has immersed himself within the living tradition of Daoism and is able to provide us with detailed accounts of the many factions within the community, the various systems of religious leadership and transmission, the different collections of scripture and the traditional sacred places. It would be difficult to find a more comprehensive account of any of the better known religious traditions. * Religions of South Asia *
Louis Komjathy's Daoism: A Guide for the Perplexed dispels the many misconceptions that people have about China's indigenous religion, and sorts through the wealth of recent scholarship about Daoism. In so doing it builds up a clear and authoritative picture of China's indigenous religion that is both reliable and accessible. * James Miller, Professor of Religious Studies and Chinese Studies, Queen's University, Canada *
Whether perplexed, bemused, or simply curious, wayfarers along the path of life will find Louis Komjathy's little book a very knowledgeable and helpful guide to the Daoist tradition (formerly Romanized as Taoism). In a concise but accessible way, Komjathy gives the reader a complete map to the interesting and often wonderfully strange historical, cultural, and religious landscape of Daoism. Honest wayfarers may not be completely un-perplexed when finishing this guide, but they will learn that Daoism is a tradition that honors honest perplexity as a crucial step toward self-awareness and spiritual transformation. * Norman Girardot, University Distinguished Professor of Comparative Religions, Lehigh University, USA *
A very good book, it succeeds in creating an understandable and very well-founded review of the essential elements of this religion. In particular, the author explains the background and context so vividly that once you've finished reading, you will have a great overview of what the life and the faith of a Daoist represents. -- Martina Darga * Chinese Medicine (Bloomsbury Translation) *

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