HARVARD-YENCHING INSTITUTE MONOGRAPH SERIES
Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph Series 49
An Introduction to Chinese Sectarian Scriptures from the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
"Precious volumes," or pao-chüan, were produced by popular sects in the Ming and early Qing dynasties. These scriptures were believed to have been divinely revealed to sect leaders and contain teachings and ritual instructions that provide valuable information about a lively and widespread religious tradition outside mainstream Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism. Largely neglected until now, they testify to the imagination and devotion of popular religious leaders. This book, the most detailed and comprehensive study of pao-chüan in any language, studies 34 early examples of this literature in order to understand the origins and development of this textual tradition. Although the work focuses on content and structure, it also treats the social context of these works as well as their transmission and ritual use.
Daniel L. Overmyer
the Department of Asian Studies
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, B.C. Canada V6T 1Z2
• Chugoku minkan Bukkyo kyoha no kenkyu, tr. Rimbara Fumiko and Ito Michihara, Tokyo, Kenbun shuppan, 2005. (Translation of my Dissenting Sects in Late Traditional China, Harvard, 1976.)
• Fei Luan: Zhongguo Minjian Jiaopai Mian Mian Guan, tr. Zhou Yumin, ed. Sung Kuang-yu, Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong Press, 2005. (Translation of The Flying Phoenix: Aspects of Chinese Sectarianism in Taiwan, by David K. Jordan and Daniel L. Overmyer, Princeton, 1986.)
• Ou Danian (Dan Overmyer) and Fan Lizhu, eds., Handan Diqu Minsu Jixun (Collected investigations of popular customs of the Handan area, [Hebei Province]), Tianjin, Tianjin guji chubanshe, 2006 . In Huabei Nongcun Minjian Wenhua Yanjiu Congshu (Collected studies of popular culture in north China rural villages).
歐大年教授(Prof. Daniel L. Overmyer)