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Book on Embryological Discourse in East Asian Religions

10. Jan. 2016

Dr. Anna Andreeva and Dr. Dominic Steavu (UCSB) have co-edited a new book, entitled “Transforming the Void. Embryological Discourse and Reproductive Imagery in East Asian Religions”. It was published in December by Brill. Dr. Anna Andreeva is a Research Fellow in Japanese Religions and Cultural History at the Cluster/HCTS. 

The new publication considers paths to self-cultivation and salvation that are patterned on human embryological development or procreative imagery in the religions of China and Japan. Focusing on Taoism, Esoteric Buddhism, Shinto, Shugendō, and local religious traditions, twelve contributors to the volume provide new insight into how the body’s generative processes are harnessed as powerful metaphors for spiritual attainment. This volume offers an in-depth examination of the religious dimensions of embryology and reproductive imagery, topics that have been hitherto solely approached through the lens of the history of medicine.

Contributors include: Brigitte Baptandier, Catherine Despeux, Grégoire Espesset, Christine Mollier, Fabrizio Pregadio, Dominic Steavu, Lucia Dolce, Bernard Faure, Iyanaga Nobumi, Anna Andreeva, Kigensan Licha, Gaynor Sekimori.

The book “Transforming the Void. Embryological Discourse and Reproductive Imagery in East Asian Religions” was published by Brill in December, 2015, in the series Sir Henry Wellcome Asian Series (WAS). Established in 1995, the series aims to make available fine editions of the medical and scientific classics of Asia.

Anna Andreeva is a Research Fellow in Japanese Religions and Cultural History at the Cluster/HCTS. She has published articles on Japanese esoteric Buddhism and Shinto and women’s health. Her research focuses on religious and cultural history of premodern Japan, particularly, the relationship between the systems of knowledge and beliefs related to Esoteric Buddhism and their impact on the fields of the religious and cultural production.

Dominic Steavu is Assistant Professor of Chinese Religions and Chinese Buddhism at the University of California, Santa Barbara (USCB). He was also Assistant Professor of Intellectual History at the Cluster, and involved in project D15 “Making Powerful Arguments”. His areas of specialization include Buddho-Daoist interchange, early Daoism and its connections to Han imperial cults, and Esoteric Buddhism in China and Japan.


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