A History of Daoism and the Yao People of South China by Eli Alberts

By Eli Alberts

The time period Yao refers to a non-sinitic talking, southern "Chinese" those who originated in significant China, south of the Yangzi River. regardless of categorization by means of chinese language and Western students of Yao as an ethnic minority with a primitive tradition, it really is now famous that not just are sure lines of spiritual Daoism favourite in Yao ritual traditions, however the Yao tradition additionally stocks many parts with pre-modern respectable and mainstream chinese language tradition. This booklet is the 1st to provide a history-part cultural, half political, and half religious-of contacts among the chinese language country and autochthonous peoples (identified because the eleventh century as Yao humans) in what's now South China. It vividly info the impact of Daoism at the wealthy background and tradition of the Yao humans. The ebook additionally contains an exam of the categorical terminology, narratives, and logos (Daoist/ imperial) that symbolize and mediate those contacts. "This is a vital piece of labor on a bit studied, yet very fascinating topic, particularly, Taoism one of the non-Sinitic peoples of South China and adjacent areas." - Professor Victor Mair, collage of Pennsylvania "This extraordinary learn by means of Eli Alberts has now cleared away a lot of the cloud that has been brought on by past, commonly impressionistic scholarship at the "Dao of the Yao". - Professor Barend J.ter Haar, Leiden University

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