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Temple Patronage

Richard G. Wang

in The Ming Prince and Daoism

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199767687
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950607 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199767687.003.0005
Temple Patronage

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Chapter 5 is an in-depth study of Ming princely temple patronage. The Ming princes were most interested in traditional Daoist core temples. At the same time, they engaged in the activities of the temples of official standing of different degrees. The Ming princes were also attracted to some popular cults believed to be efficacious (ling). In terms of the patterns of temple patronage, the princes were involved in such activities as temple founding, temple renovation, donations of land and other wealth, princely writing of temple inscriptions and name plaques in calligraphy, enclosing temples in their princely estates, the temples as family shrines, Daozang brought to the temples, and the shelter-temples known as Tea Temples founded at Mount Wudang. Their patronage of temples was on average within a short distance. The majority of temples they patronized were concentrated in major cities of political, military, and economic importance in the Ming empire, thus becoming a highly visible component of the urban public landscape. The chapter finally touches upon the interaction between the Ming princely institution and local religious associations (hui) and the princely membership in these hui.

Keywords: temple; City Gods; Zhenwu; Guan Yu; the Eastern Peak; tea temples; Mount Wudang; religious landscape; Mount Longhu; hui

Chapter.  12617 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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