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A Research on the Shamanistic Medical Activities as Seen in the "Recipes for Fifty-two Ailments (五十二病方)" Written in the "Mawangdui (馬王堆) Silk Manuscript" (2019)


The main thesis of this research is to discuss the shamanistic medical activities as seen in the Recipes for Fifty-two Ailments written in the Mawangdui Silk Manuscript, to corroborate them with handed-down literature and other underground written attestations in early China, and to inquire its characteristics. In the Eastern Zhou dynasty, medicine already emerged with specialized and professional properties, but did not disengage from the ideology of shamanism in Eastern Zhou society. In other words, the shamanistic treatment of diseases was one of the most important works of shamans because the specialized knowledge of medical treatment always interlaced with superstitious and mediumistic treatment methods. This article examines the details of shamanistic medical activities, for example, the ‘zhuyou’, the ‘zhuyichuxiong’, curing maggots activities, and so on, by analyzing the Recipes for Fifty-two Ailments written in the Mawangdui Silk Manuscript. The origin and development of this early Chinese medical treatment had an influence on ancient Korea, Japan, and other places. Through this research, we can learn more about the initial development stage of the early traditional medicine in ancient societies of East Asia.

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Authors & Contributors
Bai, Gengchen
Liu, Yanqi
Wang, Gang
Marisol de la Cadena
Ren, Xiaolei
Lyu, Xiaolong
Guangxi Minzu Xueyuan Xuebao
East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine
Ziran Kexueshi Yanjiu (Studies in the History of Natural Sciences)
Studies in Dialectics of Nature
Revue de Synthèse
Medical History
Duke University Press
National University of Singapore Press
Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica
Bergin & Garvey
Berghahn Books
Harvard University
East Asia, civilization and culture
Medicine, traditional
Medicine, Chinese traditional
India, civilization and culture
Cross-cultural interaction; cultural influence
Liu, Dapeng (1857-1942)
Soulié de Morant, Georges
Mo, Di
Time Periods
Zhou dynasty (China, 1122-221 B.C.)
20th century, late
Shang dynasty (China, ca. 1766-1027 B.C.)
Qin dynasty (China, 221-207 B.C.)
21st century
Yellow River (China)
South America

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