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A Study on Tang Chuanqi from the Perspective of New Age

  • The Journal of Chinese Cultural Studies
  • 2017, (38), pp.263-288
  • DOI : 10.18212/cccs.2017..38.011
  • Publisher : The Society For Chinese Cultural Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Chinese Language and Literature > Chinese Literature > Chinese Culture
  • Received : September 27, 2017
  • Accepted : November 15, 2017
  • Published : November 30, 2017

KIM NAKCHUL 1

1삼육대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

Tang Chuanqi(唐傳奇) was a form of short story in the classical language which developed in the Tang dynasty. Many stories in Tang Chuanqi consisted of anecdotes, jokes, legends, and tales involving mystical, fantastical or legendary elements throughout the Chinese cultures. They went so far as to credit specific people as authorities for the story, however fantastic, and give particular times and places as settings. In particular mysterious contents of Tang Chuanqi have a long, complex relationship with the dead, ghosts, monsters and spirits have haunted the Chinese psyche for thousands of years. The New Age is a term applied to a range of spiritual or religious beliefs and practices that developed in Western nations during the 1970s. It's a multi-focused, multi-faceted synthesis, in varying degrees, of the Far Eastern, mystical religions, mainly Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Western Occultism, adapted to and influenced by Western, materialistic culture. The New Age phenomenon has proved difficult to define, with much scholarly disagreement as to its scope. It sometimes appears in secularized forms. In fact, The New Age Movement is a modern revival of very ancient, divergent, religious traditions and practices. Especially The New Age places strong emphasis on the idea that the individual and their own experiences are the primary source of authority on spiritual matters. So, according to metaphysical world view, there is a link between Tang Chuanqi and New Age. The purpose of this paper is about dividing five types of the New Age's ideological issues - Pantheism, Reincarnation, Spiritual awakening, Surrealism, Religious integration shown up in Tang Chuanqi, and about finding out the meaning of their identical similarities.

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