Asceticism in Early Taoist Religion

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Using a wide variety of original sources, this book brings to light how and why asceticism was carried out by Taoists during the first six centuries of the common era. It examines the practices of fasting, celibacy, self-imposed poverty, wilderness seclusion, and sleep-avoidance, and it discusses the beliefs and attitudes that motivated and justified such drastic actions. Asceticism in Early Taoist Religion demonstrates that although Taoist ascetics pursued austerities that were extremely rigorous, they did not seek to ...

Asceticism in Early Taoist Religion 1998, State University of New York Press, Albany, NY

ISBN-13: 9780791439562

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Asceticism in Early Taoist Religion 1998, State University of New York Press, Albany, NY

ISBN-13: 9780791439555

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