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By Stephen Jones

The residing perform of Daoist ritual remains to be just a small a part of Daoist reviews. such a lot of this paintings specializes in the southeast, with the substantial sector of north China frequently assumed to be a tabula rasa for neighborhood lay liturgical traditions. This ebook, in line with fieldwork, demanding situations this assumption.

With case experiences on components of Hebei, Shanxi, Shaanxi, and Gansu provinces, Stephen Jones describes ritual sequences inside of funerals and temple gala's, supplying information on occupational hereditary lay Daoists, temple-dwelling monks, or even novice ritual teams. Stressing functionality, Jones observes the altering ritual scene during this negative geographical region, either because the Nineteen Eighties and during all of the tribulations of twentieth-century struggle and political campaigns. the total vocabulary of north chinese language Daoists differs considerably from that of the southeast, which has thus far ruled our image.

Largely unstudied through students of faith, people Daoist ritual in north China has been a continuing subject of song students inside of China. Stephen Jones locations lay Daoists in the wider context of folks spiritual practices - together with these of lay Buddhists, sectarians, and spirit mediums. This ebook opens up a brand new box for students of faith, ritual, song, and glossy chinese language society.

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