The Daoist Difference: Alternatives to Imperial Power and Visions of a Unified Civilisation [La différence taoiste : alternatives au pouvoir impérial et les visions d'une civilisation unifiée]

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TitleThe Daoist Difference: Alternatives to Imperial Power and Visions of a Unified Civilisation [La différence taoiste : alternatives au pouvoir impérial et les visions d'une civilisation unifiée]
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsDean, K., & Liang Y.
JournalAsia Pacific journal of anthropology
Volume13
Pagination128 - 141
Date Published2012
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISBN Number1444-2213, 1444-2213
KeywordsAlternative, Alternative approach, Anthropologie sociale et ethnologie, article, Asia., Asie orientale, Asie., China, Chine, Civilisation, Civilization, Cosmologie, Cosmology, Daoism, Eastern Asia, ETHNOLOGIE, ETHNOLOGY, INIST, Pouvoir, Power, RELIGION, MAGIC, WITCHCRAFT, RELIGION, MAGIE, SORCELLERIE, Ritual, Rituel, Social anthropology and ethnology, Taoism, Taoïsme, Unité, vision
Abstract

The issue of the unity of Chinese culture in the late imperial age has been the subject of much recent debate. This paper questions the imperial discursive presumption of unity as a continuum of cosmological power, flowing through the emperor to every part of the Chinese imperium. Alternative notions of cosmological power can be found in some Daoist movements, where multiple sources of cosmological power were considered to be within reach, with proper ritual training and access to esoteric texts and talismans. Popular Chinese religious practice appears to embrace even more alternatives, as there is no contradiction to multiple manifestations of a deity, and seemingly mutually exclusive liturgical frameworks coexist within the same ritual. The paper examines how Daoist and popular cult 'technologies of time' move beyond imperial boundaries in a movement of Maussian civilisational exchange.

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