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Buddhism and Taoism Face to Face: Scripture, Ritual, and Iconographic Exchange in Medieval China

Christine Mollier

Abstract

This book reveals previously unexplored dimensions of the interaction between Buddhism and Taoism in medieval China. While scholars of Chinese religions have long recognized the mutual influences linking the two traditions, the book brings to light their intense contest for hegemony in the domains of scripture and ritual. It demonstrates the competition and complementarity of the two great Chinese religions in their quest to address personal and collective fears of diverse ills, including sorcery, famine, and untimely death. In this context, Buddhist apocrypha and Taoist scriptures were compos ... More

Keywords: Buddhism, Taoism, medieval China, Chinese religion, sorcery, famine, untimely death, Buddhist apocrypha, Taoist scriptures

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780824831691
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824831691.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christine Mollier, author
French National Center for Scientific Research