Daoist Imagery of Body and Cosmos: Part 2: Body Worms and Internal Alchemy.

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TitleDaoist Imagery of Body and Cosmos: Part 2: Body Worms and Internal Alchemy.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsHuang, S. -shan S.
JournalJournal of Daoist Studies
Pagination32 - 62
Date Published2011/02//
PublisherThree Pines Press
ISBN Number19415516
KeywordsChina, CHUANG Tzu, History, Laozi, MING Chengzu, Emperor of China, 1360-1424, Religion, RELIGIOUS architecture, Taoism, VISUAL anthropology

This article presents Daoist visual representations of body arid cosmos, drawing extensively on illustrations and diagrams from texts preserved in the Ming-dynasty Daoist Canon. To examine how the Daoist perception of body and cosmos unfolded over time, I discuss images of four types: body gods, imaginary journeys to stars, body souls/worms, and the body transformed in internal alchemy-the first two inJDS 3 (2010), the next two here. The current work hopes to contribute to interdisciplinary studies of Chinese art, religion, and science. From the visual perspective, it hopes to add to the on-going examination of charts or maps (tu) and to enrich our understanding of the representation and perception of what "body" means in Chinese visual culture. In terms of Daoist studies, my dominantly visual approach aims to complement the many textual approaches on this topic. This study also adds to the growing scholarship of Daoist art, which has so far focused more on public devotional paintings and statuary and less on private imagery associated with meditation and visualization. [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.)