The text deals with the concept of immortality in Daoist tradition according to some sources of ancient and medieval China. The chinese character xian, usually translated as “immortality”, referred to a transcendent life where it was possible to abandon the limits of space and time of the earthly life. According to the historian Sima Qian (ca. 145-86 BC), the cult of immortality developed thanks to the activities of the fangshi, in particular in the kingdoms of Yan and Qi. These beliefs were criticized by Wang Chong (ca. 27-100) in the chapter Daoxu of his Lunheng. Ge Hong (283-343) was probably the first author who dealt exhaustively with the methods and practices to attain longevity and immortality. The first chapter of the book (85 pp. ) describes chapter 2 Lunxian (Discussing Immortality) and chapter 11 Xianyao (The drugs of immortality) of the Baopuzi (pp. 22-46), and concludes with a short analysis of the ritual and symbolic use of the drugs of immortality. The chapter is followed by a first annotated translation of the Taishang Lingbao zhicaopin (TT 1406), an anonymous text of the Daozang. The two appendices (pp. 224- 257) deal with other texts of the daoist tradition.
|Titolo:||Le droghe dell'immortalità nell'antichità cinese e il Taishang Lingbao zhicao pin|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2007|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.01 Monografia o trattato scientifico|
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