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Kleeman, Terry F Professor

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Research

research overview

  • My primary area of research is Chinese religious Daoism and popular religious practice. My early work centered on the growth of deity cults in medieval China and their synthesis with Daoism in the Song. In this connection, I explored the role of blood sacrifice in traditional Chinese religion and the significance of its rejection by the institutionalized religions of Buddhism and Daoism. More recently, I have concentrated on the foundational period of the Daoist church, trying to understand the social and material reality behind surviving texts from this period. _Great Perfection_ explored a Daoist kingdom established during the fourth century. Celestial Masters: History and Ritual in Early Daoist Communities (Harvard East Asia Institute, 2016) is the first history in any Western language of the foundational period of the Daoist religion. Current research interests include the interaction of Daoism with Chinese medical traditions and the Daoism of the Yao minority of South China.

keywords

  • Chinese thought and religion, East Asian ethnic history, history of the Chinese language, Chinese medicine and science, ancient and medieval Chinese literature

Publications

selected publications

Teaching

courses taught

  • CHIN 4900 Independent Study (Spring 2019)
  • CHIN 4950 Honors Thesis (Spring 2019)
  • CHIN 5430 Medieval Thought and Religion (Spring 2019)
  • CHIN 5900 Independent Study (Spring 2019)
  • CHIN 6900 Independent Study (Spring 2019)
  • CHIN 6940 Master's Degree Candidate (Spring 2019)
  • CHIN 6950 Master's Thesis (Spring 2019)
  • RLST 4820 Interdisciplinary Seminar on Religion (Spring 2019)
  • RLST 5820 Interdisciplinary Seminar on Religion (Spring 2019)
  • RLST 5840 Independent Study (Spring 2019)
  • RLST 6840 Independent Study (Spring 2019)
  • RLST 6940 Master's Degree Candidate (Spring 2019)
  • RLST 6945 Portfolio: Non-Thesis Option (Spring 2019)
  • RLST 6950 Portfolio: Thesis Option (Spring 2019)
  • CHIN 1012 Introduction to Chinese Civilization (Fall 2018)
  • CHIN 4900 Independent Study (Fall 2018)
  • CHIN 3311 The Dao and the World in Medieval China (Spring 2018)
  • CHIN 4900 Independent Study (Spring 2018)
  • CHIN 4950 Honors Thesis (Spring 2018)
  • CHIN 5900 Independent Study (Spring 2018)
  • CHIN 6900 Independent Study (Spring 2018)
  • CHIN 6940 Master's Degree Candidate (Spring 2018)
  • CHIN 6950 Master's Thesis (Spring 2018)
  • RLST 2620 Religions of East Asia (Spring 2018)
  • RLST 5840 Independent Study (Spring 2018)
  • RLST 6840 Independent Study (Spring 2018)
  • RLST 6940 Master's Degree Candidate (Spring 2018)
  • RLST 6945 Portfolio: Non-Thesis Option (Spring 2018)
  • RLST 6950 Portfolio: Thesis Option (Spring 2018)

Background

awards and honors

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