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Great ClarityDaoism and Alchemy in Early Medieval China$
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Fabrizio Pregadio

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780804751773

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804751773.001.0001

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Great Clarity
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This book introduces the earliest identifiable tradition in the history of Chinese alchemy. Named after the celestial domain from which its teachings had descended and to which they promised ascent, the Taiqing, or Great Clarity, legacy flourished between the third and the fourth centuries in Jiangnan, the region south of the lower Yangzi River. This introductory chapter begins by reviewing the relevant sources on the Taiqing tradition included in the Daoist Canon (Daozang). It then discusses the main features of Taiqing alchemy and the status of the heaven of Great Clarity in Daoist cosmography.

Keywords:   Chinese alchemy, Taiqing tradition, Daoist Canon, Great Clarity, cosmography

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