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      Ritual revolutions: Temple and Trust networks linking Putian and Southeast Asia / 仪式革命: 联结莆田与 东南亚的寺庙与信任网 络

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      Cultural Diversity in China
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          This paper examines the historical formation and contemporary flourishing of certain temple and trust networks that emerged from the Xinghua area along the coast of Fujian province in the late 19 thcentury, and spread across Southeast Asia over the last 150 years. This article examines three out of at least eight different networks that spread from this region to Southeast Asia (Fujiangsheng, Putianshi difangzhi, 2001). These are the 1) Spirit medium Altar Association networks; 2) extended lineage networks; and 3) Buddhist master-disciple networks. These ritual “trust networks” were constructed from cosmopolitical ritual technologies that were transportable, like the portable altar of a Daoist priest, the incense ash of a local god’s temple, methods of collective spirit medium training, or rites conducted before the spirit tablet of an ancestor or a master monk. This paper shows how these ritual methods were employed in a great variety of different political and multi-ethnic settings around Southeast Asia. These networks had a powerful impact on their founding villages and local cultures as well. Rather than simply preserving traditional forms, these networks engaged in continuous ritual revolution, constantly negotiating the forces of modernity within evolving ritual contexts.

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                Journal
                Cultural Diversity in China
                Walter de Gruyter GmbH
                2353-7795
                2353-995X
                January 1 2015
                February 12 2015
                January 1 2015
                February 12 2015
                : 1
                : 1
                : 8-26
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                [1 ]National University of Singapore
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                10.1515/cdc-2015-0002
                4912a43c-9c0e-48ac-873f-05a216683cd1
                © 2015

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