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Thursday, October 2, 2014
Sanskrit Mantras In Taoist Rituals (道教中的梵咒)
I always think that Taoist ceremonial rituals are at least
25% influenced by Hindu rituals; well, at least many of the deities are the
same. Let’s set aside the similarities of deities, and look into the mantras
used in invocation of deities for now.
There are many Sanskrit mantras embedded inside standard
Taoist rituals, for example:
As to the question how to pronounce it, as you can see both
of the Chinese and Sanskrit pronunciations are very different. Having said so,
deep from the bottom of my heart, I do wonder if a Chinese deity will come or a
Hindu deity will present by reciting the above mantras. That should be
interesting to find out though.