Fantasy Daoist ritual

As a change from my literary party game, here’s an arcane spinoff from the game of picking a fantasy world football team, or chamber orchestra.

Let’s choose our all-time most amazing group of Daoist ritual specialists. It could include early luminaries like Kou Qianzhi (who might speak a dialect similar to the Li family, except that he lived in the 4th century), Tao Hongjing, and Du Guangting; among modern Daoists, I would have to include our very own Li Qing, and some would vote for An Laixu from Xi’an and Zhu Qinfu from Jiangsu, as well as Chen Rongsheng from Tainan.

For once, we can leave historical change to one side: it remains to be seen how effective Pele and Messi would be together as a forward line-up, or Saint Cecilia and Bach (in the orchestra, or indeed in the football team). A more basic difference is that, more than football or the WAM canon, Daoist ritual is always specific to a small locality. Even if their ritual manuals may have a lot in common, household Daoists from different places can hardly work together. Never mind Daoists from Shanghai and Fujian, Gansu, and Jiangxi; the whole performance of the Li family is significantly different from that of groups in nearby Hunyuan or Shuozhou.

Fun game, though.

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