6B outline - Scripture of the Yellow Court story of its own...

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Arts of transcendence (II) Goals of transcendents: 3 grades Celestial transcendents Terrestrial transcendents Shijie transcendents Introducing Ge Hong (283-343 C.E.) and his works 1. Master Who Embraces Simplicity ( Baopuzi) —polemical essays attempting to argue the possibility of transcendence and persuade skeptics (SCT 399-400) 2. Traditions of Divine Transcendents (Shenxian zhuan) —hagiographies, i.e. lives of persons claimed to have transcended (RCP 52-63) Answering the charge of unfiliality Texts of the transcendence quest, + examples 1. scriptures (RCP 149-55,
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Unformatted text preview: Scripture of the Yellow Court ): story of its own origins; air of mystery, wealth of arcane details; “cult of the book” & promises of efficacy; social context of transmission 2. poems (RCP 156-65, “Far Roaming”) 3. polemical essays (SCT 399-400) 4. hagiographies (RCP 52-63, SCT 394-95, 410-12) Social aspects of the quest for transcendence 1. isolation; ritual purity 2. eremitism; trickster-like image 3. healing, prognostication, weather control, etc. 4. patronage 5. shrines, cults, and collective memory...
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