"Sisters of the Blood: Daoist Women in the Late Tang Dynasty Court"

Presented by Stephen Bokenkamp

Professor of Chinese in the School of International Letters & Cultures, ASU

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 7:00pm at Changing Hands Bookstore

Co-sponsored by Women and Gender Studies in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University

About the Program

Sisters of the Blood: A Daoist Lineage in the Tang Imperial Court:
Renowned Chinese Scholar, Professor Stephen R. BokenKamp, explores a remarkable group of Daoists women of the late eighth/early ninth centuries, tracing their origin to Xie Ziran謝自然 (d. 794) and Han Ziming韓自明 (764-831) who became a group of priestesses, developed their own lineage and included uncharacteristic Daoism practices - consuming alchemical elixirs, stigmata, holy bleeding, and early death— all attracting intense interest of the imperial palace, the literati and patronage of the capital’s elite.

About Stephen Bokenkamp

A graduate of U.C. Berkeley, Stephen Bokenkamp now teaches in the School of International Letters and Cultures, Arizona State University. Professor Bokenkamp is the author of Early Daoist Scriptures (1997) and Ancestors and Anxiety: Daoism and the Birth of Rebirth in China (2007), as well as many other works on medieval Chinese religions. During the autumn term, he is offering an undergraduate course on the Daoist body and a graduate seminar on Chinese religious texts in the Department of Religious Studies.