This book documents the revival of local popular religion in Putian, Fujian. Volume 1 provides a historical introduction to 153 regional ritual alliances made up of 724 villages. Volume 2 surveys the population, lineages, temples, gods, and annual rituals of these villages.
Making ingenious use of a wide variety of sources, and old as well as modern technical resources, Kenneth Dean and Zheng Zhenman here set a new standard for an histoire totale for a coherently well-defined cultural region in China.At the same time it deals in-depth with the ongoing negotiation of modernity in Chinese village rituals. Over the past thirty years, local popular religion has been revived and re-invented in the villages of the irrigated alluvial plain of Putian, Fujian, China. Volume 1 provides a historical introduction to the formation of 153 regional ritual alliances made up of 724 villages. Early popular cults, Ming lineages, Qing multi-village alliances, late Qing spirit-medium associations, 20th century state attacks on local religion, and the role of Overseas Chinese and local communities in rebuilding the temple networks are discussed. Volume 2 surveys the current population, lineages, temples, gods, and annual rituals of these villages. Maps of each ritual alliance, the distribution of major cults and lineages, are included.
The formation of the
sacred space in the human cosmology is the result of the long-term
interaction between man and nature. As for ethnic minorities living in
mountains, it is more often represented as sacred mountain worship. This
article analyzes the connotation of the sacred space of Yulong Snow
Mountain, including the unity of the Snow Mountain God and the National
Protector, the ethnic relationship and the mirror image of historical
events shown in the belief in the Snow Mountain God. Therefore, a very
unique case has been provided for the study of the concept of human
sacred space in the relationship between the sacred space of Yulong Snow
Mountain and Naxi people’s view of human love, the view of "spiritual
world in the mountain" that belongs only to people dying for love, the
relationship between Yulong Snow Mountain and the foreign and native
kingship, the sacred space belief form of Yulong Snow Mountain, and the
close relationship between the emergence and change of sacred space
belief and the social and cultural changes in specific periods.