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Ancestors and Anxiety Daoism and the Birth of Rebirth in China

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ISBN-10: 0520259882

ISBN-13: 9780520259881

Edition: 2009

Authors: Stephen R. Bokenkamp

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This innovative work on Chinese concepts of the afterlife is the result of Stephen Bokenkamp's groundbreaking study of Chinese scripture and the incorporation of Indic concepts into the Chinese worldview. Here, he explores how Chinese authors, including Daoists and non-Buddhists, received and deployed ideas about rebirth from the third to the sixth centuries C.E. In tracing the antecedents of these scriptures, Bokenkamp uncovers a stunning array of non-Buddhist accounts that provide detail on the realms of the dead, their denizens, and human interactions with them. Bokenkamp demonstrates that the motive for the Daoist acceptance of Buddhist notions of rebirth lay not so much in the power of…    
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 2/4/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Stephen R. Bokenkampis Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Indiana University. He is the author ofEarly Daoist Scriptures(UC Press).

Acknowledgments
Note on Translation Introduction: The Problem of Rebirth
Envisioning the Dead
The Unquiet Dead and Their Families, Political and Agnate
Questionable Shapes: How the Living Interrogated Their Dead
Doomed for a Certain Term: The Intimate Dead
Rebirth Reborn
Postscript List of Abbreviations
Bibliography
Index