Anlin Ku Lecture Series: Robert Campany - Remembering Past Lives in Early Medieval China

This photograph, taken by the lecturer in the temple to the God of the Eastern Peak 東嶽大帝 (a god who in Chinese popular religion rules over the land of the human dead) in Tainan City, Taiwan, in 1982, shows a detail from a ritual scroll hung behind the temporary altar for a performance of the

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Jonsson Performance Hall
Admission: Free
Season: 2014-15

Professor of Asian Studies at Vanderbilt University Robert Campany writes about Chinese religious history and comparative religion. The recollection of past lives is a phenomenon that occurs in many cultures. This lecture examines stories from China ca. 300-650 A.D. in which ordinary people are represented as remembering or learning about their own past lives. What was thought to be at stake in such an experience; why were stories of such events recorded; and why are they so fascinating? 


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