The Bond of Ancestor Worship

Khun Eng Kuah-Pearce

in Rebuilding the Ancestral Village

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9789888028818
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207332 | DOI:
The Bond of Ancestor Worship

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This chapter explores religious revivalism in the ancestral villages, qiaoxiang of the emigrants, and their descendants. It examines the significance of ancestors within the Chinese cosmology, the revival of ancestor worship of the Ke Lineage in Penglai, and the extent to which ancestor worship and related practices are gradually being reproduced to cater for both the increasing, overt needs of the Singapore Chinese and for those of their village kin.

Keywords: religious revivalism; ancestral villages; qiaoxiang; ancestors; ancestor worship; Ke Lineage; Penglai; Singapore Chinese

Chapter.  14177 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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