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Poul Andersen
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Copenhagen, 1991

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Daoist Iconography Project

Poul Andersen is a specialist in Chinese religions, with a focus on Daoist ritual and the theory of ritual. He has explored these topics, both based on fieldwork among Daoist priests in southern Taiwan and through research into historical texts from all periods. As a participant in the European Daozang Project (1979–84), he worked extensively on the Daoist ritual traditions of the Song dynasty (960–1278). A more recent focus has been Daoist iconography, especially from the Ming dynasty (1368–1644) to the present day. Professor Andersen is the Director of the Daoist Iconography Project (DIP), an international collaborative research project which he has initiated at the Department of Religion in partnership with the Honolulu Academy of Arts. The purpose of this project is to create a web-based electronic resource for research into Daoist images, and it has involved the participation of several graduate students at the Department. Professor Andersen is currently working on a book with the preliminary title Icon and Deity: The Status and Function of Images in Daoism.

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