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Medieval Daoist Ordination: Origins, Structure, and Practice

Kohn, Livia (2003) Medieval Daoist Ordination: Origins, Structure, and Practice. Acta Orientalia, 56 (2-4). pp. 379-398. ISSN 0001-6446

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Abstract

Medieval Daoist ordination developed under Buddhist influence in the fifth century, but retained models of ancient Chinese blood covenants. While following the Buddhist model, which was essentially a membership ceremony, in its formalities and overall organisation, in its essence Daoist ordination was an empowerment and transference of allegiance, not from the family to an overlord, but from the world to the celestial realm. Daoists through ordination do not just leave the family but become active members of an otherworldly administration, with all the powers and obligations of this role.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: D History General and Old World / történelem > D0 History (General) / történelem általában
P Language and Literature / nyelvészet és irodalom > PI Oriental languages and literatures / keleti nyelvek és irodalmak
Depositing User: xKatalin xBarta
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2017 12:25
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2017 12:25
URI: http://real.mtak.hu/id/eprint/46611

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