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Ancestral Images

Hugh Baker

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9789888083091
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9789882209787 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888083091.001.0001
Ancestral Images

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This revised edition collects in one place the chapters from the three volumes of Ancestral Images originally published in 1979, 1980 and 1981. The 120 chapters and photographs explore everyday life, customs and rituals in Hong Kong's rural New Territories. They investigate religion, food, language, history, festivals, family, strange happenings and clan warfare. The book documents much that can no longer be found. But it also provides an understanding of a world which has not yet entirely disappeared, and which still forms the background of life in modern urban Hong Kong and its neighbouring cities. Esoteric nuggets of information are scattered through the book: How do you ascend a pagoda with no staircase? How can you marry without attending the wedding? When is it wrong to buy a book? The text answers these and many other questions in this well-rounded picture of a vibrant, quirky people painted with affection and informed by many years of scholarship and research.

Keywords: China; Hong Kong; New Territories; villages; land; clans; customs; rites; traditions; rituals; religion; food; language; history; festivals; family

Book.  404 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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Land in Ancestral Images

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Lovers' Rock in Ancestral Images

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Kowtow in Ancestral Images

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Puppets in Ancestral Images

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Scholar Stones in Ancestral Images

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Daai Si in Ancestral Images

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Customs in Ancestral Images

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Tree in Ancestral Images

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Pigs in Ancestral Images

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