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Religious Taoism and Confucianism Notes

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What did Religious Taoism offer that Confucianism did not? Religious Taoism Basic info Landscape painting- painting and calligraphy viewed as carrying intellectual content that is different than the decoration on ceramics, lacquerware, or textiles (ebrey 103) Quest for immortality and long, healthy life Inner alchemy- balance of yin and yang- breathing exercises, meditation, relaxation (sense of ecstasy?) gymnastic exercises- yoga, martial arts, reduce stress dietetics- food- balance Yin and Yang, medicine, herbs sexual practices- women’s yin inexhaustible, men’s Yang can be depleted Enhance body’s yang energy, thus reversing the natural flow towards death (ebrey 101) Transform a heavy mortal body into a light immortal one by special techniques (breath control, restricted diets, sex techniques, and use of elixirs, herbs, and talismans (ebrey 101) Semen retention have more energy, keep healthy; ejaculation makes men lose lots of nutrients; practice moderation in all aspects of life, including sex-
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