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Power of Place The Religious Landscape of the Southern Sacred Peak (Nanyue) in Medieval China

ISBN-10: 0674033329

ISBN-13: 9780674033320

Edition: 2009

Authors: James Robson

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Throughout Chinese history mountains have been integral components of the religious landscape. They have been considered divine or numinous sites, the abodes of deities, the preferred locations for temples and monasteries, and destinations for pilgrims. Early in Chinese history a set of five mountains were co-opted into the imperial cult and declared sacred peaks, yue, demarcating and protecting the boundaries of the Chinese imperium.The Southern Sacred Peak, or Nanyue, is of interest to scholars not the least because the title has been awarded to several different mountains over the years. The dynamic nature of Nanyue raises a significant theoretical issue of the mobility of sacred space and the nature of the struggles involved in such moves. Another facet of Nanyue is the multiple meanings assigned to this place: political, religious, and cultural. Of particular interest is the negotiation of this space by Daoists and Buddhists. The history of their interaction leads to questions about the nature of the divisions between these two religious traditions. James Robsonrsquo;s analysis of these topics demonstrates the value of local studies and the emerging field of Buddho-Daoist studies in research on Chinese religion.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Harvard University, Asia Center
Publication date: 10/30/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 450
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.134

Donald S. Lopez Jr. is the Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies at the University of Michigan. He is the author of numerous books including The Story of Buddhism and The Madman's Middle Way. In 2000 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.James Robson, Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University, is the author of Power of Place: The Religious Landscape of the Southern Sacred Peak in Medieval China. His current research includes a project on the history of the confluence of Buddhist monasteries and mental hospitals.

Maps and Figures
Chinese Dynasties
Abbreviations and Conventions
Introduction
Situating Nanyue
Religion and the Sacred Peaks of China
Moving Mountains: Nanyue in Chinese Religious Geography
Imagining Nanyue: Physical Geography and Mythical Topography
The Daoist and Buddhist Histories of Nanyue
Rising Up to Paradise: Pre-Tang Daoism
Nanyue in the Tang: Local Daoist History
Lady Wei and the Female Daoists of Nanyue
Local Histories, Lost Monks
Regional Buddhism During the Tang
Conclusion: On the Boundaries of Chinese Religions
Notes
Works Cited
Index