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Men and Women in He Longxiang's Nüdan hebian

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This article is an exploration of a tradition of Daoist self-cultivation, directed exclusively to women, which flourished in China from the seventeenth century. Nüdan, or female alchemy, is described here through the close analysis of one of its more representative collections, the Nüdan hebian, first printed in Chengdu, Sichuan, in 1906. The detailed discussion of its editorial history, its contents and its preface, as well as the presentation of its editor, He Longxiang, shed light on the interrelated issues of gender, religion and visions of the body in late imperial China.

Affiliations: 1: Columbia College, Chicago


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