Grégoire Espesset's research while affiliated with Centre D'Etudes Et De Recherche Sur Les Qualifications and other places

Publications (16)

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“Buddho-Taoism” is a neologism that appeared in Western academic writings during the late nineteen-forties, was put to various uses without ever being consensually defined, enjoyed a brief vogue around the turn of the twenty-first century, and began to fall from grace in recent years. Not only did this neologism implicitly create new epistemic repe...
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The mid-fifteenth-century Taoist Canon ( Zhengtong daozang 正統道藏) contains five specimens of a religious artefact called “Great Peace Symbol” (“Taiping fu” 太平符), dispersed between five texts spanning about a millennium. The introduction to this paper discusses the meaning of the Chinese word fu 符 and its most widely used English rendition, “talisman...
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This article deals with facets of the political ideology of late pre-imperial and early imperial China as documented by remnants of a dozen texts belonging to an under-explored genre known in English as weft (wei 緯) writings or the “Confucian Apocrypha.” Its focus is on the transcendence of hierarchy and sovereignty, the transfer of dynastic legiti...
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The official corpus of Chinese historiography contains a wealth of valuable information on what may be termed local resistance to the centralised empire in early medieval China (third to sixth century). Sinologists specialised in the study of Chinese religions commonly reconstruct the religious history of the era by interpreting some of these data....
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The text opening the “Great Peace Part” (“Taiping bu” 太平部) in the Ming Taoist Canon, the Great Peace Scripture Digest (Taiping jing chao 太平經鈔), is widely confused with the famous Great Peace Scripture (Taiping jing 太平經), which follows it in the Canon. The first full analysis and reassessment of the Great Peace Scripture Digest, this paper reviews t...
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A state of the field of second- and early third-century Chinese popular religiosity, this article discusses the known features of the Yellow Turbans, the Scarlet Eyebrows, and the autonomous state of Hanzhong (in present-day Sichuan). Proposing a re-reading of key primary sources and questioning some of their received interpretations, the study hel...
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This essay provides the first complete study and translation of the Taiping jing shengjun mizhi (HY 1094), a text from the Ming dynasty Taoist Canon. It begins with a discussion of the modern editions and translations of the text, then re-examines the issues of paternity and datation, traces its ideology and textual sources, and finally clarifies i...
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Thorough investigation of manuscript Or.8210/S.4226/R.1 (The British Library, London) from Dunhuang (present-day Gansu Province, China), 6.60-meter long, and bearing 348 columns of text in Chinese: description, morphological analysis, and dating hypothesis of the medium; philological, ideological, and literary study of textual contents; full French...
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The affection of the Chinese for numerical categories has now become a cliche but the study of Chinese thought has mostly focused on binary (the Yin and Yang) and quinary (the Five agents) systems, while the notion of Trinity is generally considered to characterize the Western world. By way of contrast, the content of the Taiping jing, a source whi...

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... 1-36). 47 See Espesset (2009). form of Laozi, and they took the Daodejing, a text harshly critical of the abuses of political power, as their central scripture and primary inspiration. ...