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Author Dean, Kenneth, 1956-

Title Lord of the three in one : the spread of a cult in Southeast China / Kenneth Dean.

Published Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [1998]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  299.51 DEAN    AVAILABLE
Physical description xii, 406 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [369]-396) and index.
Contents Ch. 1. Ritual-Events -- Ch. 2. The Apotheosis of Lin Zhao'en -- Ch. 3. The Early Disciples -- Ch. 4. Inner Alchemy, Scriptures, and Liturgies -- Ch. 5. The Three in One in the Qing and Republican Eras -- Ch. 6. Ritual Traditions of the Three in One -- Ch. 7. Current Cultural Range of the Three in One -- Ch. 8. The Three in One in Contemporary China -- App. 1. Editions of Lin Zhao'en's Writings -- App. 2. The Chart of the Inner Landscape of the Nine Stages -- App. 3. Summary of the Xiawunijing -- App. 4. Scriptures to Popular Deities: The God of Theater -- App. 5. Ritual Documents in the Wubentang Guitiao -- App. 6. Ritual Calendars -- App. 7. Liturgies: The Purification of a Stage -- App. 8. Ritual Spells and Visualizations -- App. 9. The Evolution of the Dragon Mountain Hall -- App. 10. Chinese Text of the Bentijing -- App. 11. List of Three in One Books and Manuscripts.
Summary Lin Zhao'en (1517-1598) set out to popularize Confucianism by combining Confucian studies with Daoist inner alchemical techniques and Buddhist Chan philosophy into something he called the Three in One Teachings. Despite periods of clandestine activity since its inception, the Three in One cult has undergone a remarkable revival in post-Mao China: Today Lin is worshipped throughout Southeast China and Southeast Asia as Lord of the Three in One in over a thousand temples by tens of thousands of cult initiates. Dean explores the organization and transmission of the Three in One's unique cultural vision, the reception of this vision, and the construction of subjectivity within a vibrant ritual tradition. Outlining such features as inner alchemical meditation, scripture and iconography, ritual practice, and spirit mediumism, he demonstrates the cult's transformative potential as well as its contemporaneity and dynamism.
Subject Lin, Zhao'en, 1517-1598.
Cults -- China -- Fujian Sheng -- History.
Confucianism -- China -- Rituals.
Buddhism -- China -- Rituals.
Taoism -- China -- Rituals.
China -- Religious life and customs.
Variant Title Spread of a cult in Southeast China.
ISBN 0691028818 (alk. paper)