A Daoist Career in Modern China: Wang Xin'an of the Southern Peak.

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TitleA Daoist Career in Modern China: Wang Xin'an of the Southern Peak.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsFavraud, G.
JournalJournal of Daoist Studies
Pagination104 - 135
Date Published2011/02//
PublisherThree Pines Press
ISBN Number19415516
KeywordsChina, History, Laozi, Religion, RELIGIOUS aspects, SOCIAL change, Taoism, TOURISM

Alive for most of the twentieth century, Wang Xin'an (1918-1993) lived through the deep and violent social changes from which emerged the Chinese nation-state, technology, and modem economy. In the 1930s, he had been healed of his weak health and initiated in a monastic community by a master of the Quanzhen (Complete Authenticity) school. Then he became a master of Daoist liturgy, practicing both personal ritual techniques of internal alchemy and healing as well as the collective recitation of scriptures and offerings to the celestial hierarchy. Master Wang accomplished virtuous achievements and established his meritorious existence and identity. After 1949 he moved to Hunan province and became a leading official representative of the Daoist community of the Southern Peak. As the new state endowed Daoism with a national administrative hierarchy and a globalized leisure class and tourism industry developed, the Southern Peak was reinvented as a site of natural, cultural, and intangible heritage. Master Wang dedicated his life in this changing milieu to build official Daoism in Hunan. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]Copyright of Journal of Daoist Studies is the property of Three Pines Press and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)