Red Star over China: The Classic Account of the Birth of by Edgar Snow

By Edgar Snow

The 1st Westerner to satisfy Mao Tse-tung and the chinese language Communist leaders in 1936, Edgar Snow got here away with the 1st approved account of Mao’s existence, in addition to a historical past of the recognized lengthy March and the lads and ladies who have been accountable for the chinese language revolution. Out of that have got here purple celebrity Over China, a vintage paintings that continues to be probably the most very important books ever written in regards to the beginning of the Communist flow in China. This variation comprises vast notes on army and political advancements in China, extra interviews with Mao Tse-tung, a chronology masking a hundred twenty five years of chinese language revolution, and approximately 100 targeted biographies of the lads and ladies who have been instrumental in making China what it truly is at the present time.

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This omission is striking both because Ch’engkuan often turns to Seng-chao (his works are filled with copious quotes from the Chao lun) and because Tsung-mi, his close disciple, quotes from both the Chao lun and the Treasure Store Treatise. Given 815 as a terminus ad quem based on T’ang Yung-t’ung’s report of the Huaihui preface, it would seem that the Treasure Store Treatise could not have appeared much earlier than the late eighth century. Kamata is able to substantiate this surmise through a careful examination of the scriptural sources for quotations found in the Treasure Store Treatise.

This little-studied literary tradition has been represented in some modern Japanese and Western accounts as a full-fledged Taoist sect that flourished in the Sui and T’ang. The similarities between the Treasure Store Treatise and Twofold Mystery Taoism necessitate a close examination of the actual historical status of the authors and texts associated with this purported Taoist school. I demonstrate that the Japanese reconstruction of a Twofold Mystery sect or lineage is founded on a misreading of the historical record and is symptomatic of the tendency to interpret Chinese religious history in terms of discrete schools and sects.

20 This passage is found neither in the Chao-lun nor in any other extant work by Seng-chao but is rather an abbreviated quotation from chapter 2 of the Treasure Store Treatise (147b26–28). ", and in 21 each case he attributes the passages to Seng-chao. Tsung-mi evidently associated the Treasure Store Treatise with Seng-chao by at least the mid 820s. Date and Provenance of the Treatise 35 Further evidence for the late date of the Treasure Store Treatise comes from an analysis of the citations and vocabulary found within the text itself.

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