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Liminality, Embodiment and the Six Healing Sounds of Qigong

Title: Liminality, Embodiment and the Six Healing Sounds of Qigong.
Name(s): Carson, Patrick Emilio, author
Koen, Benjamin D., professor co-directing dissertation
Erndl, Kathleen M., professor co-directing dissertation
Johnson, David F. (David Frame), 1956-, university representative
Slaveva-Griffin, Svetla, committee member
Kavka, Martin, committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Arts and Sciences, degree granting college
Program in Interdisciplinary Humanities, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2015
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (188 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This dissertation stems from an ethnographic experience, i.e., a course on the Six Healing Sounds of Qigong taught by Dr Yu Zhang, which I and other students attended in 1991 in Los Angeles, California. The course led to the following questions: What is qigong? What are the Six Healing sounds? Are the claims of this healing tradition to ancient origins accurate? These questions led to the following conclusions: Qigong is indeed a practice of ancient origins, albeit one that comes from different streams of Daoist and medical practices. Its name is a recent design by the Chinese government in the early 1950's, with the ulterior goal of creating an effective, low cost health care system rooted in Chinese culture. Apart from the answers provided above, I argue that qigong is a body technology that uses slow, gentle exercises, visualizations and standing and sitting meditations to elicit a state of reverie, a liminal or altered state of consciousness that is conducive to bodily, mental and spiritual experiences and transformation.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-9566 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Program in Interdisciplinary Humanities in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2015.
Date of Defense: April 29, 2015.
Keywords: Chi Kung, Daoism, Daoyin, Liminality, Qigong, Traditional Chinese Medicine
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Benjamin D. Koen, Professor Co-Directing Dissertation; Kathleen Erndl, Professor Co-Directing Dissertation; David Johnson, University Representative; Svetla Slaveva-Griffin, Committee Member; Martin Kavka, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Asia -- Study and teaching
Religions -- History
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Owner Institution: FSU

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