The Land of the Wu 巫

Shamans, Buddhists, and Other Womyn Mystics

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Daoism and Women of the Dao

The Eight Immortals is a group of legendary, semi-historical beings in both religious Daoism and popular religion. From a famille rose serving dish, Qing dynasty, Qianlong (1736-95) decorated in the ‘Rockefeller pattern’.

The Eight Immortals cross the sea—each displaying his or her special prowess.

Zhen Luo – The Goddess of Luo River

“The door of total mastery is what the Old Master called the Mysterious Female . . .” This opening is not an ordinary opening. It is made of receptivity and creativity joining together. This is called the lair of spirit and energy. In it are the essences of desire and reason. Immortal Sisters, p25. by Daven Lee

TITLE: Jōga hongetsuTITLE TRANSLATION: Taoist deity Chang-e who stole the elixir of immortality. CALL NUMBER: FP 2 – JPD, no. 1367 (A size) [P&P]Restricted access; material extremely fragile; please use online digital image. REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-DIG-jpd-01512 (digital file from original print) RIGHTS INFORMATION: No known restrictions on publication. SUMMARY: Print shows a female deity, Chang-e, full-length, holding a vial of the elixir of immortality, as she rides on clouds to the moon. MEDIUM: 1 print : woodcut, color ; 27.1 x 17.3 cm. CREATED/PUBLISHED: [188-] CREATOR: Taiso, Yoshitoshi, 1839-1892, artist. NOTES: Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06. From the series: Tsuki hyaku shi : 100 aspects of the moon. Format: vertical Oban Nishikie, trimmed. Forms part of: Japanese prints and drawings (Library of Congress). SUBJECTS: Women–Clothing & dress–Japan–1880-1890. Gods–Japan–1880-1890. Moon–1880-1890. FORMAT: Ukiyo-e Japanese Color 1880-1890.Woodcuts Japanese Color 1880-1890. REPOSITORY: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA DIGITAL ID: (digital file from original print) jpd 01512 CONTROL #: 2008660378  Magazine


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Books and Articles on Buddhism

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Nuo Ritual

Nuo rituals

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Nuo rituals or Nuo cults (傩文化), where nuo (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ) means “exorcism” (“binding by oath“), define ritual practices found in some local forms of the Chinese folk religion, as well as in Shinto (Japanese: 追儺 oniyarai) and in Sinism (Korean: 나례 nalye). It is especially important in the Chinese folk religion of the Tujia people and other ethnic groups of China.

Nuo rituals revolve around the worship of gods represented by characteristic wooden masks and idols; these gods include ancestors and tutelary gods of nature. Nuo rituals and elaborate dramas are mostly performed by circles of fashi (non-Taoist ritual masters),[1] wearing the masks of the gods.

Scholars have observed how the status of Nuo ritualism in China has changed from an unrecognised and hindered culture before the 1980s, to an officially endorsed folk religion nowadays.[2] The revival of Nuo ritualism has been developed by the Chinese government as a matrix of ethnic identification of the Tujia nation.[3]

Nuo ceremonies (傩仪/儺儀) for the gods include Nuo dances (傩舞/儺舞), Nuo songs (傩歌/儺歌), Nuo sacrifices (傩祭) and the Nuo opera (傩戏/儺戲).

  • Lan Li. Nuo (傩): The New Role of Popular Religion in Modern Chinese Politics. Hampshire: Ashgate Publishing Limited. 2012.
  • Lan Li. The Changing Role of the Popular Religion of Nuo (傩) in Modern Chinese Politics. Modern Asian Studies (Impact Factor: 0.36). 01/2010; 44(02):1-23. DOI:10.1017/S0026749X10000090
  • Lan Li. The Reinvention of the Nuo Religion of the Tujia’s Ethnic Identity and Identification. Queens University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 2003.
  • Lan Li (2008). Reinvention of the Belief – An Anthropological Study of the Chinese Popular Religion of Nuo. Kunming: Yunnan People’s Publisher.
  • Lan Li (2009). Who Controls the Fate of An ICH – A Case Study of Nuo (儺) in Southwest China, in Ségio Lira, Rogério Amoê, Cristina Prinheiro & Fernando Oliveira (ed.), Sharing Culture 2009, Barcelos: Green Lines Instituto para o Desenvolvimento Sustentâvel.
  • Dick van der Meij. India and Beyond. Routledge, 1997. ISBN 0710306024