The Date, Authorship, and Literary Structure of the Great Peace Scripture Digest.

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TitleThe Date, Authorship, and Literary Structure of the Great Peace Scripture Digest.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsEspesset, G.
JournalJournal of the American Oriental Society
Volume133
Pagination321 - 351
Date Published04/2013
PublisherAmerican Oriental Society
ISBN Number00030279
KeywordsCANON (Literature), HISTORICAL linguistics, MORPHOLOGY (Grammar), TAOISM -- Doctrines, TAOIST civilization, TAOIST literature
Abstract

The text opening the "Great Peace Part" ("Taiping bu" ...) in the Ming Taoist Canon, the Great Peace Scripture Digest (Taiping ring chao ...), is widely confused with the famous Great Peace Scripture (Taipingjing ...), which follows it in the Canon. The first full analysis and reassessment of the Great Peace Scripture Digest, this paper reviews the textual morphology of its ancient and modern editions, discusses current hypotheses concerning its date and authorship, and investigates its literary structure and form, pointing to clusters of prosodic patterns. Light is shed on strata of diachronic origin coexisting in the text, which should not be regarded as being the product of an inconstant solitary compiler, but rather as the conflation of shortened renditions of the Great Peace Scripture perhaps dating to the Tang and pre-Song or early Song eras. A full linear analysis of the text, including a concordance, completes the literary study. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]Copyright of Journal of the American Oriental Society is the property of American Oriental Society and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)