Some obligatory phrases from book blurbs, curiously absent from most tomes on Daoist ethnography:
cuts a picaresque swathe
with hilarious consequences!!!
embarking upon a voyage of discovery
vast, sprawling epic
Happily, such clichés have been Laid Bare (oops, there’s another one) in several articles, such as this. And Molvania is jam-packed (packed like jam) with ’em.
For further dubious marketing, see here; and for a series on cliché, start here.