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A Taoist Study of Magic in The Earthsea Cycle

College of Foreign Languages and Cultures, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005, China
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Religions 2021, 12(3), 144; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12030144
Received: 25 January 2021 / Revised: 20 February 2021 / Accepted: 20 February 2021 / Published: 24 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
The Earthsea Cycle by Ursula. K. Le Guin is a fantasy work in Western literature that shines with ostentatiously idiosyncratic sparks of Taoist philosophies. Resorting to Taoism (also translated as Daoism) and its representative work Tao Te Ching, this article aims at exploring the Earthsea magic, a ubiquitous motif in fantasy, with Taoist thoughts and theories including the law of relativity, harmonious dialectics, and equilibrium. This article reconstructs the magical Earthsea world within a Taoist framework and reveals the Taoist connotations of magic. Finally, this article concludes that, radically distinct from its traditional image, magic in Earthsea serves to heal the physical, mental, and spiritual wound of separation; set up harmony of the opposites in binaries; and preserve the delicate equilibrium insusceptible to the ravages of time. Magic in The Earthsea Cycle works miracles in a Taoist manner. View Full-Text
Keywords: The Earthsea Cycle; Taoism; Ursula K. Le Guin; magic; harmonious dialectics The Earthsea Cycle; Taoism; Ursula K. Le Guin; magic; harmonious dialectics
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