Experimental Essays on Chuang-Tzu by Victor H. Mair

By Victor H. Mair

There's strong explanation for this booklet being in print after nearly 20 years. It comprises a few first-class essays on Chuang-tzu, a "Taoist," and one of many maximum philosophers and literary stylists in chinese language historical past.

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Experimental Essays on Chuang-Tzu

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Although a shrine and its priests are regarded by many Japanese as examples par excellence of rigid and formalized behavior, some local residents nonetheless see the space and otherworldliness of the shrine precincts as liberating and empowering, especially when the priests and mainstream visitors are absent. Because the activities I am referring to occur outside regular working hours (8:30 to 4:30 in summer, and 9:30 to 4:00 in winter), away from the shrine’s sacred center, and because the actors appear to be local residents who use the place for their own agendas and prefer not to be noticed by the shrine’s priests, these activities have a secretive, even mysterious air to them.

For example, Eric Cohen’s categorizations concerning motives for visiting a religious site—such as acquiring religious merit, making specific requests, or seeking beneficial powers to enhance one’s life situation (1992:38)— can be extended to include those individuals who may have come simply to enjoy seasonal scenery, a festive event, or a moment of unhurried privacy. Less helpful are guidelines such as those proposed by Valene Smith (1989:14), who sees belief as the key element identifying the journey of the pilgrim-tourist and who straitjackets the visitor’s motives into a sacred or secular category, as if these binary opposites were more than analytical constructs that, when grounded in practice, tend to quickly dissolve.

No special reason (18) It’s a famous place (12) It’s recommended as a nice place (10) It has famous festivals (9) It’s a good place to walk (8) We were in the area (7) It’s traditional (7) It’s old (6) We live nearby (5) Photography (5) It was recommended by the guidebook (4) We’re returning from Kurama (4) We’re planning a wedding here (3) We were having lunch nearby (3) It’s our graduation trip (3) We have a baby dedication next week (3) We asked for harmony between us (2) I asked for blessings for my company, which is poorly located (1) It’s a good place to meet people (1) I saw it on television (1) Interview question 2: Do you happen to know the name of the shrine’s principal kami?

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