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RELI0227

The Taoist Tradition

The Taoist Tradition AT
In this course we will examine the history, practices, and concepts of Taoism (or Daoism), the "unofficial high religion of China." We begin with the Tao te ching and Chuang tzu, seminal texts for the Taoist tradition. We then read a series of dramatic "revealed" texts to trace the emergence of significant features of Taoism. These include the pantheon of gods and celestial officials, inner alchemy, messianic and apocalyptic thought, and the quest for immortality. We conclude with brief consideration of contemporary Taoism. 3 hrs. lect./disc.
Subject:
Religion
Department:
Religion
Division:
Humanities
Requirements Fulfilled:
AAL PHL

Sections

Fall 2009

RELI0227A-F09 Lecture (Morrison)

Fall 2005

RELI0227A-F05 Lecture (Morrison)