Abstract

Thoreau's engagement with and perspectives on the Orient are considered

here. Within Thoreau's Hindu appropriations, the 'practical' importance for

Thoreau of yogic practices is reemphasized. Thoreau's often-cited Buddhist

links are questioned. Instead, it is Thoreau's explicit use of Confucian and

Persian Sufi materials that deserve reemphasis, as do, in retrospect, some

striking thematic convergences with Taoism. Thoreau's 'Light from the East'

focuses on ethical and mystical techniques, infused with lessons from Nature

for 'a very Yankee sort of Oriental.'

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1898
Print ISSN
0031-8221
Pages
pp. 14-39
Launched on MUSE
2007-01-25
Open Access
No
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