By Meir Shahar
Shahar’s exploration of the evolution of Shaolin scuffling with thoughts serves as a prism during which to contemplate martial-art historical past mostly. He correlates the emergence of the well-known bare-handed strategies of Taiji Quan, Xingyi Quan, and Shaolin Quan within the 16th and 17th centuries to the social, political, and spiritual tendencies of that age. He then is going directly to argue that those strategies have been created not just for battling, but in addition for spiritual and healing reasons. hence his paintings fills an enormous hole within the realizing of chinese language faith and medication in addition to the martial arts.
The Shaolin Monastery is the main exhaustive examine thus far at the subject and the main systematic creation to the background and the non secular context of the chinese language martial arts culture. it's going to have interaction these attracted to chinese language faith and historical past and martial arts, illuminating for experts, martial artists, and common readers alike the historical past and nature of a martial culture that maintains to develop in reputation in its place of origin and abroad.
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The Shaolin Monastery: History, Religion, and the Chinese Martial Arts by Meir Shahar