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The Youming lu was produced in an age when Buddhism began to spread widely in China. Historical thematic changes under the impact of Buddhism are prominent in the Youming lu. The depiction of monks appear to be closely related to what is seen in Buddhist sources and played an important role in the development of Chinese Buddhism by exerting influence upon Buddhist hagiography and even orthodox history. The literary patterns include new dream motifs, such as dream adventures in a microcosmic world, detached soul and the revival of a ghost girl; new narrative models, such as the rebirth model and the model of recovery from self-mutilation; and new images, such as the Buddha, Buddhist monks, Buddhist nuns, and Buddhist demons. The Youming lu proves its significance as popular literature by providing valuable materials to examine the development of popular Chinese Buddhism and the history of popular Buddhist beliefs.

Keywords: Buddha; Chinese Buddhism; Youming lu

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