Early Daoist biography : a study of Shenxian zhuan

Benjamin David Cooper Penny
This dissertation is a study of Shenxian zhuan, a collection of biographical records of Daoist immortals traditionally attributed to Ge Hong who lived from the end of the third to the middle of the fourth centuries C.E. The Introduction seeks to define the term shenxian and discusses ideas concerning immortality in texts of the Eastern Han and Sanguo periods. It analyses the categories into which Shenxian zhuan was placed in early bibliographies and shows that...
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