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Topics in Chinese Religions: Health, Healing, and Medicine in Chinese Religions

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.


Unit(s): 3.0 Level(s): Graduate Term(s): Offered?: No Language?: No

James A. Benn

Professor | Director, McMaster University Centre for Buddhist Studies