Taoist Culture in Among the Flowers the Hua-chien Chi


2020-03-10 09:27

Li Bohao
Journal of Chinese Culture

Abstract: Bashu area is one of the birthplaces of Taoism in China. In the late Tang and the Five Dynasties, many eminent Taoists from Bashu had close relationship with the royal family; Taoism therefore prospered and Taoist factors were obviously reflected in the literature of that time. Compiled in around the3rd year of Guangzheng Period in the Houshu Dynasty, 940 A.D., Hua-chien Chi was in line with the aesthetic taste of Meng Chang, the last ruler of Houshu; meanwhile, it also served as a model for the collection of song-poems, popular among the public. With great affection for Taoism, besides poems applying Taoist images to eulogize historic events, pray to Heaven or pray for a smooth career, the compiler collected a tremendous amount of poems in relation to literary allusions to Taoism , for example , Song of a Lady's Crown , A Cloud in Wushan. Immortal at the River, River God, and Song of Fairy, all of which were well received by the highbrows and lowbrows.

Keywords: Among the Flowers: Hua-chien Chi; Bashu; the Five Dynasties; Taoism; Meng Chang; Du Guangting

The Chinese Version Appeared in Journal of Chinese Culture(04, 2019)




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