Buddhism and Tales of the Supernatural in Early Medieval China

Buddhism and Tales of the Supernatural in Early Medieval China : A Study of Liu Yiqing's (403-444) <i>Youming lu</i>

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This book demonstrates the historical changes in early medieval China as seen in the tales of the supernatural-thematic transformation from traditional demonic retribution to Karmic retribution, from indigenous Chinese netherworld to Buddhist concepts of hell, and from the traditional Chinese savior to a new savior, Buddha. It also examines Buddhist imagery and the flourish of new motifs in the fantastic dreamworld and their relationship with Buddhism. This study relates the Youming lu to the development of popular Chinese Buddhist beliefs, attempting to single out ideas that differ from the beliefs found in Buddhist scriptures as well as miraculous tales written especially to promote Buddhism.
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  • Hardback | 268 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 20.32mm | 565g
  • Leiden, Netherlands
  • English
  • 9004277277
  • 9789004277274

About Zhenjun Zhang

Zhenjun Zhang, PhD (2007), University of Wisconsin, is Associate Professor of St. Lawrence University. He is the author of several books on Chinese literature and culture, including Traditional Fiction and Chinese Culture (Guangxi Normal University Press, 1996).
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