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Eccentric Spaces, Hidden HistoriesNarrative, Ritual, and Royal Authority from The Chronicles of Japan to The Tale of the Heike$
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David T. Bialock

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780804751582

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804751582.001.0001

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Recovering the Daoist Text

Recovering the Daoist Text

(p.65) 3 Recovering the Daoist Text
Eccentric Spaces, Hidden Histories
Stanford University Press

This chapter examines Daoist ritual and symbolic practices as they relate to an earlier conception of royal authority, including ideas centered on immortality. It analyzes the bearing of these ritual and practices on the ritual authority claimed by Emperor Temmu and other emperors and discusses the transformation of the Yin-Yang Bureau from an office engaged in enhancing the authority of the tennō into a ritual apparatus managed by yin-yang masters. This chapter suggests that this transition may be attributed to contradictions in the ritual efficacy claimed by the tennō.

Keywords:   Daoist ritual, Daoist symbolism, royal authority, ritual authority, immortality, Emperor Temmu, Yin-Yang Bureau, tennō, ritual efficacy, yin-yang masters

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