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The Ming Prince and Daoism: Institutional Patronage of an Elite

Richard G. Wang


This book argues that while the promotion of Daoism was a national policy of the Ming (1368–1644) court, the activities and maintenance of local Daoist institutions were the result of royal support from the Ming princes (wang) enfeoffed in provinces. Barred from any serious political or military engagement due to the fanjin (“restrictions towards princes”) system, the Ming princes were ex officio managers of state rituals at the local level, with Daoist priests as key performers, and for this reason they became very closely involved in Daoist clerical and liturgical life. In addition, as the r ... More

Keywords: Ming princes, Daoism, patronage, local society, fanjin, Divine Music Abbey, yuewusheng, ordination, faming, Daozang

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199767687
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199767687.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard G. Wang, author
University of Florida