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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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The Later History of Chinese Alchemy and the Decline of the Great Clarity

The Later History of Chinese Alchemy and the Decline of the Great Clarity

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(p.203) 12 The Later History of Chinese Alchemy and the Decline of the Great Clarity
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Great Clarity
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DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804751773.003.0013

The Taiqing scriptures are the first ones to be based on the view of the alchemical process described in Chapter 4. This view is the main legacy that they left to the later traditions in the history of Chinese alchemy; it survived beyond the decline of the Taiqing tradition, and even beyond the demise of waidan when neidan embraced it and renovated it. This chapter outlines the main changes in the history of Chinese alchemy that resulted in the eventual disappearance of the Taiqing tradition, and in the rise and growth of neidan. It shows that these two phenomena are closely related to each other, and actually occurred in parallel.

Keywords:   Chinese alchemy, Taiqing scriptures, waidan, neidan

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