Alchemists, Mediums, and Magicians: Stories of Taoist by Thomas Cleary

By Thomas Cleary

This is an advent to the mystical and mystical realm of Taoism via biographical and old sketches of Taoist adepts over thousand years. This panoramic view of the numerous faces of Taoism and its intimate reference to chinese language tradition and society contains interesting debts of the Taoist mystery societies that conducted mystical workouts and robust consciousness-altering recommendations, together with sensory deprivation, incantation, visualization, and concentration.

This number of sketches, compiled by means of Zhang Tianyu, a Taoist priest within the fourteenth century, and translated through popular translator Thomas Cleary, portrays a couple of hundred awesome members from the 11th century B.C.E. to the 13th century C.E. It introduces us to a extensive and interesting variety of personalities together with philosophers and students, magicians and mediums, alchemists and physicians, seers and soothsayers, and artists and poets, between many others.

Cleary’s specialist translation and informative footnotes make this assortment a full of life and available learn.

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Japanese soldiers at Pusan, 1894. Georges Bigot. 105 x 135mm, albumen print. Left 31. Japanese soldier, policeman and Korean coolie, 1894. Georges Bigot. 135 x 105mm, albumen print. 46 K o r e a 32. Japanese officer with two kisaeng girls, c. 1910. Photographer unknown. 90 x 138mm, albumen print. The kisaeng were the Korean equivalent of the Japanese geisha and performed similar services. Contact and Conflict 33. Red Cross hospital at Pusan, 1894. Georges Bigot. 135 x 105mm, albumen print. 47 48 K o r e a 34.

105 x 135mm, albumen print. Contact and Conflict 45 Above 30. Japanese soldiers at Pusan, 1894. Georges Bigot. 105 x 135mm, albumen print. Left 31. Japanese soldier, policeman and Korean coolie, 1894. Georges Bigot. 135 x 105mm, albumen print. 46 K o r e a 32. Japanese officer with two kisaeng girls, c. 1910. Photographer unknown. 90 x 138mm, albumen print. The kisaeng were the Korean equivalent of the Japanese geisha and performed similar services. Contact and Conflict 33. Red Cross hospital at Pusan, 1894.

H. Graves; apart from Beato, probably the most talented professional photographer to have worked in Korea. SEIYEIKWAN, Japanese studio. Active in Korea 1890s. SUZUKI Keikun, Japanese. Photographed 1894–5 SinoJapanese War; took pictures in P’yo˘ngyang. SUZUKI Shin’ichi, Japanese. Studios in Tokyo and Yokohama from 1860s, photographed Yu Kil-Chun in Tokyo c. 1883. , Japanese. Had studio in Pusan in 1895–6. TORII Ryuzo (1870–1953), Japanese. Amateur, anthropologist; toured Korea in 1911 taking photographs of ‘native types’.

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