Seeds of Immortality: Daoist Uses of Sesame in Early Medieval China

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TitleSeeds of Immortality: Daoist Uses of Sesame in Early Medieval China
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsSimpson, S.
AdvisorChittick, A., Shen J., & Lopez D.
Academic DepartmentEast Asian Studies
DegreeBA
Page30
Date Published2009
PublisherEckerd College
Place PublishedSaint Petersburg, FL
Thesis TypeBacholar's Thesis
KeywordsAsceticism, fasting, Immortality, longevity, sesame seeds
Abstract

Religious cultural influence from India through China has primarily been studied through the transfer of Buddhism to China. However, Daoism has also benefited from Indian and other foreign cultural influence. Religious and medicinal uses for sesame influenced China starting at the beginning of the Han Dynasty. Daoist ascetics integrated these ideas and practices into their own quest for longevity and immortality, adapting them to serve the different primary goal of Daoist asceticism.