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Obscure Texts on Favourite Topics. Dao’an’s Anonymous Scriptures [29]

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This chapter concentrates upon the texts listed in the second part of Shi Dao'an's catalogue, and more specifically with the sub-category of "anonymous scriptures". In this section, Dao'an presents 142 titles, without any indication as to date or provenance. In length they range from two to one juan, but even the two-juan works are quite exceptional; more than 95" consisting of short texts of only one "roll". This is confirmed when one looks at what remains of that body of early anonymous scriptures, a pitiful residue of 17 texts that still can be found in the Taishō canon. The choice of such a mixed body of materials as the subject of a paper needs a justification other than the fact that they have been classed as "anonymous" by Dao'an. It is against that background that the body of still extant anonymous texts listed by Dao'an becomes significant.

Keywords: anonymous scriptures; juan; Shi Dao'an's catalogue; Taishō canon



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