In this talk, Dr. Ian Chapman will speak about the diversity of both biographic writing and funerary commemoration in medieval China. He will present a case study of the commemorative materials produced by and about Tao Hongjing (456-536 AD), the influential alchemist and Shangqing Daoist scriptural compiler.
Tao Hongjing installed epigraphic commemorations for several Shangqing-lineage predecessors on his place of seclusion, Mt. Mao. He then became the subject of the richest surviving individual biographical corpus of medieval Daoism.