Chinese Poetry and Prophecy

9780804743341: Hardback
Release Date: 13th April 2005

9780804743358: Paperback
Release Date: 5th April 2005

Dimensions: 155 x 235

Number of Pages: 248

Edition: 1st Edition

Series Asian Religions and Cultures

Stanford University Press

Chinese Poetry and Prophecy

The Written Oracle in East Asia

Written by
Michel Strickmann
Edited by
Bernard Faure
This book argues that the most profound and far-reaching effects of Buddhism on Chinese culture occurred at the level of practice, specifically in religious rituals designed to cure people of disease, demonic possession, and bad luck. This practice would leave its most lasting imprint on the liturgical tradition of Taoism. In focusing on religious practice, the book provides a corrective to traditional studies of Chinese religion, which overemphasize metaphysics and spirituality.
Hardback / £86.00
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Focusing on oracular texts, Chinese Poetry and Prophecy examines the role of divination in Chinese culture, particularly in religious practice. Drawing on a dazzling array of ancient and modern sources, the author establishes the oracular sequence of important but obscure works in his celebrated engaging style.
This is the second posthumous work of Michel Strickmann to be to be edited by Bernard Faure for publication by Stanford University Press.

The late Michel Strickmann was Professor of Chinese Religions at the University of California, Berkeley, and a world-renowned expert on Taoism and on Asian popular religion. Stanford University Press has also published his Chinese Magical Medicine (2002).

"Strickmann calls us to study these poems as both prosodic masterpieces and vehicles of religious praxis,... The reader gains a new appreciation for the role of writing in Chinese ritual and the role of divination in the lives of Chinese people. The author also conveys the puissance of Chinese religion that has moved in all directions throughout the centuries."

China Review International

"...this fascinating book provides the reader with a new and vivid description of a number of prototypes of temple oracles in China and beyond."

Journal of Chinese Religions