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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book written on the history and development of Taoism, 29 Sept. 2012
The book gives an excellent historical introduction to the history of Taoism, from it's earliest origins to the development of the religion in the Han. It outlines the different developments within Taoism and the different schools that it produced during the period of disunion and the Tang and the Song. It also gives an introduction to the internal alchemy practices. Unlike a lot of European and American books about Taoism that seperate it out into "philosophical Taosim" and "religious Taoism" this was one of the first to show the tradition as a whole and how these distinctions are just creations of the western world view and not part of the Chinese tradition. If anyone is wanting to learn more about this fascinating religion I would highly recommend this book, either the French or English translation.
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