Eating Better than Gods and Ancestors

  • Robert F. Campany


In late classical and early medieval China, practitioners developed dietary regimens that claimed to make them transcendents (xian 仙)—deathless, superhuman beings.1 The question I wish to explore is simple, though the answer is not: it concerns not so much what seekers of transcendence ate (or were represented as eating) but what they did not eat; more, it concerns what their diet meant.


Eating Good Ordinary Food Central Kingdom Popular Religion Divine Transcendence 
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