• Religious Studies 726 Topics in Chinese Religions: Health, Healing, and Medicine in Chinese Religions McMaster University, Term II 2019–20

    Author(s):
    James A Benn (see profile)
    Date:
    2020
    Group(s):
    Buddhist Studies, Religious Studies
    Subject(s):
    Medicine, History, Buddhism, China
    Item Type:
    Syllabus
    Tag(s):
    History of medicine, Medical humanities, Chinese Buddhism
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/zq9w-7289
    Abstract:
    In this seminar we will examine representations of health and accounts of disease in a variety of Chinese religions. We will explore the various vectors of disease, including the so-called “winds” and various types of demonic infestation. We will identify modes of healing that employ therapies such as mineral, animal, and vegetable drugs, exorcism, talismans and spells, acupuncture, moxibustion, massage, breath control, and gymnastics. The course will focus primarily, but not exclusively, on the medieval period. All readings for this seminar are in English. Students will be introduced to the use of specialised research tools for the study of Chinese religions, such as dictionaries, concordances, indices and databases
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