Daoist Buddhist and Medical Sources from the Six Dynasties
A full-text database of 3830 chapters (卷) of Buddhist, Daoist and medical sources up to 589, the end of the Six Dynasties 六朝 period in China. This was the most intense period of medical pluralism and syncretism in Chinese history.
Search results corpus can be filtered (後分類) according to bibliographic criteria, like date range, sect, genre, time, and geographic site of production (the latter can be visualised on the search results page against dynastic maps). Metadata is based on traditional Buddhist ascriptions, as in CBETA, Kristofer Schipper’s Daoist Canon 道藏統考, and a curated set of medical texts.
Daoist and Buddhist texts come from https://Kanripo.org, medical texts from a variety of sources, including rare unpublished transcriptions of Han and pre-Han excavated texts.
The corpus can be examined in full-text through the Docusky Viewer here.
You can perform term distribution analysis using TermStatsTools from here.
Instructions for term distribution analysis, as well as the Daoist and Buddhist metadata, can be downloaded from here.
CITATION FOR DATABASE: Stanley-Baker, Michael, Chen Shih-pei 陳詩沛, and Tu Hsieh-chang 杜拹昌 (2018) Daoist Buddhist and Medical Corpus for Six Dynasties DaoBudMed6d], Ed. Hong Yimay 洪一梅. National Taiwan University Press, 2018.
ARTICLE ON CREATION AND USE OF DATABASE: Stanley-Baker, Michael, and William Eng Keat Chong (2019) “Materia Medica in Chinese Religious Sources:Towards a Critical Digital Philology for Modelling Knowledge Distribution in Early Chinese Texts” Conference Paper from 2019 Pacific Neighborhood Consortium Annual Conference and Joint Meetings (PNC), IEEE. Ed.: IEEE.
Link to Article
In addition to generous funding from the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science and support from many others (see here), recent development has been provided by Nanyang Technological University and the Ministry of Education, Singapore.