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Allegorical Narrative In Six Dynasties Anomaly Tales: Ghostly Sightings And Afterworld Vengeance By

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Encompassing a broad range of motifs, tales of the anomalous are similar to the tales of transformed spiritual beings and gods, all of which are based on a narrative model. Using as evidence three sets of Six Dynasties narratives representing traditional, Daoist, and Buddhist tales of the strange, the author shall demonstrate how this narrative mode attempts to solve the troubled relationship between the human and the spirit worlds through rituals informed by shamanistic, Daoist and Buddhist practices, and how it symbolically expresses a dialectic between normative and anomalous in an age of upheavals. From the wealth of Daoist works in the collections of the anomaly stories of the Six Dynasties period, the author presents stories related to the magicians and Daoist masters in order to briefly explore the function exercised by the Daoist tradition.

Keywords: anomaly tales; Buddhist practices; Daoist masters; Six dynasties period; spirit world



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