Interdisciplinary Lunchtime Seminar (TO BE RESCHEDULED)

Removing Religion from Chinese Medical Texts: The Production of the Shishi-milu 石室秘錄 (1687 – 1688)

2020-04-28 12:00:002020-04-28 13:00:00Asia/Hong_KongRemoving Religion from Chinese Medical Texts: The Production of the Shishi-milu 石室秘錄 (1687 – 1688)

Interdisciplinary Lunchtime Seminar(TO BE RESCHEDULED)
Removing Religion from Chinese Medical Texts: The Production of the Shishi-milu 石室秘錄” (1687 – 1688)

Dr. Laura Meek
(Assistant Professor, Centre for the Humanities and Medicine, The University of Hong Kong)

Date: To be confirmed
Time: To be confirmed
Venue: Room G12, May Hall, The University of Hong Kong
Enquiry: (852) 3917-5772, ihss@hku.hk

    2020-04-28 12:00:002020-04-28 13:00:00Asia/Hong_KongRemoving Religion from Chinese Medical Texts: The Production of the Shishi-milu 石室秘錄 (1687 – 1688)

    Interdisciplinary Lunchtime Seminar(TO BE RESCHEDULED)
    Removing Religion from Chinese Medical Texts: The Production of the Shishi-milu 石室秘錄” (1687 – 1688)

    Dr. Laura Meek
    (Assistant Professor, Centre for the Humanities and Medicine, The University of Hong Kong)

    Date: To be confirmed
    Time: To be confirmed
    Venue: Room G12, May Hall, The University of Hong Kong
    Enquiry: (852) 3917-5772, ihss@hku.hk

      Overview

      Title:

      Removing Religion from Chinese Medical Texts: The Production of the Shishi-milu 石室秘錄 (1687 – 1688)

      Speaker:

      Dr. Crystal Tsing Tsing Luk (Lecturer, Department of Cultural and Religious Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

      Date:

      To be confirmed

      Time:

      To be confirmed

      Venue:

      Room G12, May Hall, The University of Hong Kong (Map)

      Language:

      English

      Enquiry:

      (Tel) (852) 3917-5772
      (Email) ihss@hku.hk

      Title:

      Removing Religion from Chinese Medical Texts: The Production of the Shishi-milu 石室秘錄 (1687 – 1688)

      Speaker:

      Dr. Crystal Tsing Tsing Luk (Lecturer, Department of Cultural and Religious Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

      Date:

      To be confirmed

      Time:

      To be confirmed

      Venue:

      Room G12, May Hall, The University of Hong Kong (Map)

      Language:

      English

      Enquiry:

      (Tel) (852) 3917-5772
      (Email) ihss@hku.hk

      Abstract

      The Shishi milu 石室秘錄 [Secret records of the stone chamber], a well-known Chinese medical text, was originally compiled by the famous physician Chen Shiduo 陳士鐸 between the years 1687 and 1688. The text comprises dialogues between the Heavenly Master Qibo 天師岐伯, Leigong 雷公, Huatuo 華佗, Zhang Zhongjing 張仲景, and Sun Simiao 孫思邈, all of whom have long been celebrated as divine healers (Yaowang 藥王) in Chinese medical traditions. Earlier editions of the Secret Records state that five deities transmitted the original text in 1687 during a spirit-writing séance presided by Luzu 呂祖–the deity-in-charge of many spirit-writing cults in Ming and Qing China. According to these accounts, it was Chen’s insistence that he kneeled before Luzu and refused to stand up until the deity agreed to invite the most authoritative divine healers to transmit him the “true teachings and explanations of healing.”

      The Secret Records has had enormous influences on Chinese medicine, both in practice and theory, since its very first publication. While over fifty printed and manuscript editions had been produced between 1688 and 1960, the divine provenance and religious elements the text originally contained remain unknown to most readers. This paper aims to shed some light on the early creation of the text through the technique of spirit-writing, and examine how later editors either neglected its divine origins altogether or labelled them as “superstition” or “unimportant”.

      About the Speaker

      Dr. Crystal Tsing Tsing Luk received her M.A. and Ph.D in Religious Studies from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and is now a Lecturer at the Department of Cultural and Religious Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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