Some considerations of common approaches in Daoist exorcism: a comparison between the Shenxiao Jinhuo tianding dafa神霄金火天丁大法and the Shangqing Tianpeng fumo dafa上清天蓬伏魔大法

Translated Titles



常志靜(Florian C. Reiter)

Key Words

Daoist exorcism(道教法術) ; Heavenly Masters Daoism(天師道) ; regional traditions(地方道教) ; revelation(啟示) ; Lin Lingsu(林靈素) ; Wang Wenqing(王文卿) ; canonization of exorcism(道教法術經典化) ; 道教法術 ; 天師道 ; 地方道教 ; 啟示 ; 林靈素 ; 王文卿 ; 道教法術經典化



Volume or Term/Year and Month of Publication

40期(2020 / 03 / 01)

Page #

37 - 70

Content Language


Chinese Abstract

These two extended collections of Daoist exorcist rituals come from the Song period and document the attempt to elevate exorcism to suit the literary standard of the Daoist religious tradition. Exorcism was claimed to be based on revelations of texts and formulae from transcendent spheres. This claim pertains to the two Great Rituals that are the focus of this presentation. They emerged in different regions (Kiangsi and Sichuan) and at different times in the Song period, partly continuing and developing much older pre-Song traditions of Daoist exorcism. Exorcism always was a part of Heavenly Masters Daoism and basically was dedicated to life in this world. Following this intention, the two Great Rituals show many facets of application and reveal a wealth of ritual and exorcist tools and devices. The two Great Rituals also show the common attempt to formalize exorcist methods to make them suitable for canonization. They share the common task to cope with demoniac molestations, with illness and disaster in this world.

English Abstract


Topic Category 人文學 > 宗教學