Sacred apocalyptic texts claim to foretell coming events, warning the faithful of some terrible fate that lies beyond the present. Such texts often derive their power from successfully recasting past events in such a way as they appear to be "predicted" by the text and thus take on additional meanings beyond the superficial. This ex eventu status allows apocalyptic texts to increase the credibility of their future predictions and connect emotionally with the reader by playing on present fears.
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- Asian studies
- Regional Studies
- Asian History
- Apocalypse in literature
- Taoism--China--Early works to 1800.
- Partial requirement for: M.A., Arizona State University, 2011Note typethesis
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 60-62)Note typebibliography
- In English and ChineseNote typelanguage
- Field of study: East Asian languages and civilizations