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Dream Trippers: Global Daoism and the Predicament of Modern Spirituality

David A. Palmer and Elijah Siegler


The practices of Daoism – China’s indigenous religion – have become increasingly popular in the West over the past decades. But what does the Americanized “Tao” of healing, health, energy, sex and alchemical spirituality have to do with the ancient monastic tradition as it is practiced in China? Dream Trippers follows American spiritual tourists, practitioners and scholars as they journey to the land of Daoism’s birth, at the monasteries and caves of Huashan, one of China’s most sacred peaks. The book captures the encounters between them and the Chinese monks and hermits who host them and atte ... More

Keywords: Daoism, globalization, spirituality, authenticity, religion, tourism, China, New Age, monasticism, qigong

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226481760
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226484983.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David A. Palmer, author
University of Hong Kong

Elijah Siegler, author
College of Charleston