Alchemists, Mediums, and Magicians: Stories of Taoist by Thomas Cleary

By Thomas Cleary

Here's an creation to the paranormal and mystical realm of Taoism via biographical and old sketches of Taoist adepts over thousand years. This panoramic view of the various faces of Taoism and its intimate reference to chinese language tradition and society comprises fascinating bills of the Taoist mystery societies that conducted mystical workouts and robust consciousness-altering suggestions, together with sensory deprivation, incantation, visualization, and concentration.

This selection of sketches, compiled by way of Zhang Tianyu, a Taoist priest within the fourteenth century, and translated via popular translator Thomas Cleary, portrays multiple hundred outstanding contributors from the 11th century B.C.E. to the 13th century C.E. It introduces us to a large and interesting diversity of personalities together with philosophers and students, magicians and mediums, alchemists and physicians, seers and soothsayers, and artists and poets, between many others.

Cleary’s specialist translation and informative footnotes make this assortment a full of life and available learn.

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