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Notes on Some Vegetarian Halls in Hong Kong Belonging to the Sect of <i>Hsien-T’ien Tao</i> (The Way of Former Heaven)

Marjorie Topley

Edited by Jean DeBernardi

in Cantonese Society in Hong Kong and Singapore

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9789888028146
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206663 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888028146.003.0016
Notes on Some Vegetarian Halls in Hong Kong Belonging to the Sect of Hsien-T’ien Tao (The Way of Former Heaven)

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Members of the Society visited four vegetarian halls at Ngau Chi Wan, Kowloon, belonging to a religious sect called Hsien-t'ien Tao [Xiantian Dao]. The notes in this chapter are based on materials provided for the visit, which are rearranged and expanded slightly, and they include also a brief account of the visit itself. The members chose vegetarian halls for the visit because they are, to many members of the public in Hong Kong, less known places of worship than the more popular temples, and the monasteries and nunneries of Buddhism. When the members first came across these particular halls in Kowloon and discovered they were of the Hsien-t'ien Tao sect they seemed to them to be an obvious choice for another reason: they follow an ideology standing outside Buddhist and Taoist religion and again far less known about them by most people in Hong Kong than other faiths.

Keywords: vegetarian halls; Ngau Chi Wan; Hsien-t'ien Tao; Xiantian Dao; Hong Kong; religion; religious sect

Chapter.  5922 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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