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Alchimia femminile. Brani dall’opera di Liu Yiming 刘一明 (1734-1821)

Elena Valussi    Loyola University Chicago, USA    

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This essay features translations from the works of Daoist patriarch Liu Yiming 劉一明 (1734-1821) on the specific topic of female alchemy, or nüdan, the process of Daoist self-cultivation for women. This process differs from male self-cultivation in many important ways. It starts by focusing on the breasts, not the abdomen, where male cultivation begins. It continues by transforming Blood (xue 血), understood to be the most important element of female physiology. Refining blood into an essential source of energy is at the root of female self-cultivation which, aided by internal visualisations, breast massage, and guided breathing, aims at creating a pure Yang body, able to transcend this world.

Published
Dec. 22, 2022
Accepted
July 28, 2022
Submitted
March 29, 2022
Language
IT
ISBN (PRINT)
978-88-6969-641-1
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-640-4

Keywords: Liu YimingDaoismFemale alchemyNüdanSelf-cultivation

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