The story of Han Xiangzi: the alchemical adventures of a Daoist immortal

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University of Washington Press, 2007 - 472 עמודים
In this seventeenth-century Chinese novel, Han Xiangzi, best known as one of the Eight Immortals, seeks and achieves immortality and then devotes himself to converting his materialistic, politically ambitious Confucian uncle, Han Yu (a real historical figure), to Daoism. Written in lively vernacular prose interspersed with poems and songs, the novel takes its readers over vast distances across China, to the heavens, and into the underworld. Readers listen to debates among Confucians, Daoists, and Buddhists and witness trials of faith and the performance of magical feats.Similar in style, content, and vintage to the popular Buddhist novelJourney to the West(also known in English asMonkey),The Story of Han Xiangziuses colourful characters, twists of plot, witty dialogue, and action suitable for a superhero comic book to convey its religious message-that worldly life is ephemeral and that true contentment can be found only through Daoist cultivation. This is the first translation into any Western language ofHan Xiangzi quanzhuan(literally,The Complete Story of Han Xiangzi). On one level, the novel is a delightful adventure; on another, it is serious theology. AlthoughThe Story of Han Xiangzi's irreverent attitude toward the Confucian establishment prevented its being taken seriously by literary critics in imperial China, it has remained popular among Chinese readers for four centuries.Philip Clart's Introduction outlines the Han Xiangzi story cycle, presents Yang Erzeng in his social context, assesses the literary merits and religious significance of the text, and explores the theory and practice of inner alchemy. This unabridged translation will appeal to students of Chinese literature, readers who enjoy international fiction, and readers with an interest in Daoism.

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Han Xiangzis Name Is Recorded at the Purple Office Two Shepherds
Seeking Escape from Samsara the Crane Boy Is Reborn Discussing
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Philip Clart is assistant professor of religious studies at the University of Missouri–Columbia.

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