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Daoism: A Guide for the Perplexed (Guides for the Perplexed) [Kindle Edition]

Louis Komjathy

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Daoism is a global religious and cultural phenomenon characterized by multiculturalism and ethnic diversity. Daoism: A Guide for the Perplexed offers a clear and thorough survey of this ancient and modern religious tradition. The book includes an overview of Daoist history, including key individuals and movements, translations of primary Daoist texts, and discussions of key dimensions of Daoist religiosity, covering primary concerns and defining characteristics of the religion.

Specifically designed to meet the needs of students and general readers seeking a thorough understanding of the religion, this book is the ideal guide to studying and understanding Daoism as a lived and living religious community.


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Louis Komjathy's Daoism: A Guide for the Perplexed dispels the many misconceptions that people have about China's indigenous religion, and sorts through the wealth of recent scholarship about Daoism. In so doing it builds up a clear and authoritative picture of China's indigenous religion that is both reliable and accessible. James Miller, Professor of Religious Studies and Chinese Studies, Queen's University, Canada Whether perplexed, bemused, or simply curious, wayfarers along the path of life will find Louis Komjathy's little book a very knowledgeable and helpful guide to the Daoist tradition (formerly Romanized as Taoism). In a concise but accessible way, Komjathy gives the reader a complete map to the interesting and often wonderfully strange historical, cultural, and religious landscape of Daoism. Honest wayfarers may not be completely un-perplexed when finishing this guide, but they will learn that Daoism is a tradition that honors honest perplexity as a crucial step toward self-awareness and spiritual transformation. Norman Girardot, University Distinguished Professor of Comparative Religions, Lehigh University, USA

About the Author

Louis Komjathy is Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Diego, USA. He is also Founding Co-Chair of the Daoist Studies Group of the American Academy of Religion and Founding Co-Director of the Center for Daoist Studies.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2001 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; 1 edition (13 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HKVE0W6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #999,493 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Very fine introduction for anyone interested in Daoism
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