By Selina Ching Chan,Graeme Lang

ISBN-10: 0415642248

ISBN-13: 9780415642248

ISBN-10: 1138295302

ISBN-13: 9781138295308

Much has been written on how temples are built or reconstructed for reviving neighborhood non secular and communal lifestyles or for recycling culture after the marketplace reforms in China. The dynamics among the nation and society that lie at the back of the revival of temples and non secular practices initiated via the locals were well-analysed. notwithstanding, there's a hole within the literature by way of knowing spiritual revivals that have been in its place led through neighborhood governments.

This booklet examines the revival of worship of the chinese language Deity Huang Daxian and the development of many new temples to the god in mainland China during the last twenty years. It analyses the function of neighborhood governments in starting up temple building tasks in China, and the way development-oriented temple-building actions in Mainland China demonstrate the forces of transnational ties, capital, markets and identities, as temples have been equipped with the desire of constructing tourism, boosting the neighborhood economic system, and adorning chinese language identities for Hong Kong worshippers and Taiwanese in line with the reunification of Hong Kong to China.

Including chapters on neighborhood spiritual reminiscence awakening, pilgrimage as a kind of tourism, girls temple managers, entrepreneurialism and the non secular economic system, and according to vast fieldwork, Chan and Lang have produced a really interdisciplinary stick to as much as The upward push of a Refugee God for you to entice scholars and students of chinese language faith, chinese language tradition, Asian anthropology, cultural historical past and Daoism alike.

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