Fangshi - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Religion

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See Also

Alchemy, Article on Chinese Alchemy; Daoism, Overview Article; Liu An; Xian; Yinyang Wuxing.

Bibliography

There are three Western-language sources devoted exclusively to the fangshi. Ngo Van Xuyet's Divination, magie et politique dans la Chine ancienne (Paris, 1976) contains an accurate translation of all the fangshi biographies in the History of the Latter Han (Hou Han shu) as well as excellent supporting material including a detailed discussion of the historical context of the biographies and appendices on the various esoteric techniques of the fangshi. Kenneth J. DeWoskin has published one article and one book on the fangshi. "A Source Guide to the Lives and Techniques of Han and Six Dynasties Fangshi," Society for the Study of Chinese Religion Bulletin 9 (1981): 79–105, is a valuable list of biographical sources and makes an important attempt to define the fangshi and delineate their activities. Many of the biographies listed in this article, and...

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