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Models in Taoist liturgical texts. Typology, Transmission and Usage : a case study of the Guangcheng yizhi and the Guangcheng tradition in modern Sichuan

Abstract : The basic theme of this dissertation is to understand a large collection of Taoist ritual texts from Sichuan, Guangcheng yizhi, first compiled in the 18th century and forming the basis of a living local ritual tradition. The dissertation uses both the historical approach (looking at the history of compiling, printing and using the collection) and fieldwork. The first two chapters introduce the history of Taoism in Sichuan since the Qing dynasty, and of the Guangcheng texts in particular. Then it explores the Guangcheng tradition developing notions such as “Guangcheng Taoist”, and the structure and typology of rituals. It analyses the building of a grand ritual and its “rundown” made of many smaller rites; this sheds light on the mental map of Taoists as they appropriate the shared ritual repertoire of their tradition. Finally chapter 6 analyses the ritual of repayment of life debt (huanshousheng) in the Guangcheng tradition.
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Fu-Chen Chiang. Models in Taoist liturgical texts. Typology, Transmission and Usage : a case study of the Guangcheng yizhi and the Guangcheng tradition in modern Sichuan. Religions. École pratique des hautes études - EPHE PARIS, 2016. English. ⟨NNT : 2016EPHE5001⟩. ⟨tel-02101619⟩

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