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Staff Legends

Meir Shahar

in The Shaolin Monastery: History, Religion, and the Chinese Martial Arts

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824831103
eISBN:
9780824868758
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824831103.003.0004
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter focuses on the Shaolin legend of Vajrapâÿi, the staff wielder. During the Ming period, Shaolin monks had changed the image of the tutelary deity by arming him with a staff. Visual ... More


Hand Combat

Meir Shahar

in The Shaolin Monastery: History, Religion, and the Chinese Martial Arts

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824831103
eISBN:
9780824868758
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824831103.003.0005
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter provides an overview of the Shaolin monks' hand combats. In the seventeenth century, Shaolin monks had developed sophisticated empty-handed techniques (quan), which eventually replaced ... More


The Shaolin Monastery: History, Religion, and the Chinese Martial Arts

Meir Shahar

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824831103
eISBN:
9780824868758
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824831103.001.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History

This book charts the history of the Shaolin Temple and the evolution of its world-renowned martial arts. It considers the economic, political, and religious factors that led Shaolin monks to ... More


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