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Communal Worship and Festivals in Chinese Villages

Wai Lun Tam

in Chinese Religious Life

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199731398
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199914487 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731398.003.0003
Communal Worship and Festivals in Chinese Villages

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This chapter considers traditional Chinese religious culture as it is still practiced in contemporary rural China. It begins with a discussion of the sacred organization of landscape, village layout, and architecture through fengshui. It then presents the traditional organization of social life through lineages and ancestor worship, and explains ritual practices for worshipping gods and exorcising ghosts. Finally, the chapter discusses the role of temples and festivals in the seasonal rhythms of community life.

Keywords: popular religion; Fengshui; lineage; ancestor worship; ritual; Daoism; Popular Buddhism

Chapter.  6271 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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