Editeur: École française d'Extrême-Orient
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When I was doing my MA at SOAS it seemed like for awhile whenever I asked my professor to recommend me a book on a subject he nearly always suggested this book by Anna Seidel. I actually managed to find a copy for 10 euros in the "esoteric" Gibert Jeune bookshop in Paris and was SOO excited. The book has so much in it that I'm interested in. It talks about the religion of the Yellow Turban rebellion and how that fits into the development of Taoism as a religion. It talks about an Empress who was interested in Taoism and how her influence helped develop a further interest in Taoism at the court, it talks about the Feng and Shang sacrifices and the Ming Tang. While most of the time it focuses on early Taoism before the influence of Buddhism it also looks at Buddhist influence a little bit and the way this transformed Lao Zi.
The book is just brilliant. It's a wonderful display of scholarship. Well thought out arguments, copious footnotes, lots of translations and inclusion of the original Chinese text, she discusses other scholarship. It's no wonder that so many books I've read before this have been citing this one. I must admit there were a couple places that my French failed me but on the whole I managed to get through it without much difficulty. I think having so much Chinese and having such a specailist subject really helped. Seidel also did a good job of writing a wonderful conclusion which discussed how all the different things she'd been discussing linked together.
I'm So happy I found a copy of this and read it and now I can keep it and use it to study from and develop further questions. Anna Seidel was one of the best scholars on Taoism and I really wish she'd written more books.
Robot-mel dit le Apr 15, 2012, 10:29