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Shawn Arthur

Estes-Sirgy About the Authors ArthurShawn Arthur is Assistant Professor, Department for the Study of Religions, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC. His research interests include religious dietary practices; intersections of religion, culture, and the body; religion and body modifications; method and theory in the study of religions; the interdisciplinary analysis of religion; Chinese medicine; nature-oriented religions; and contemporary paganism and Wicca. Shawn’s first book, Early Daoist Dietary Practices: Examining Ways to Health and Longevity (Lexington Books 2013), focuses on a fifth century Daoist text that contains recipes for achieving immortality. In addition to looking at the religious content and issues present in the text, he also uses a range of scientific, nutritional, medical, and parasitological studies to analyze the text’s physical regimens and their likely outcomes. His current research focuses on contemporary popular religion in China and how lay practices and perspectives can contribute to our understandings of “religion” and how these differ from authoritative traditions and official presentations. E-mail:
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