Daoism in Modern China

Daoism in Modern China

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The modern history of Chinese temples and Daoism go hand in hand, and while both temples and Daoists serve Chinese society, the relationship between the two has yet to be thoroughly analysed. This book questions whether temples and Daoism are two independent aspects of modern Chinese religion, or if they are indissolubly linked. Using an interdisciplinary approach combining historical research and fieldwork, the book focuses on urban centres in China, as this is where socio-political changes came earliest and affected religious life to the greatest extent, and also where the largest central Daoist temples were and are located. It examines how Daoism interacted with traditional urban social, cultural and commercial institutions, and pays close attention to how it dealt with processes of state expansion, commercialization, migration, and urban development in modern times. The book goes on to examine the evolution of urban religious life in modern China, particularly the ways in which temple communities, lay urbanites, and professional Daoists interact with one another. Comparing case studies from central, eastern and southern China with published evidence and research on other Chinese cities, the book presents a useful analysis as to how modern history has changed the structure and organisation of religious and social life in China, and the role that Daoism plays in this.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 156 x 234mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 4 black & white halftones
  • 1138889415
  • 9781138889415

About Vincent Goossaert

Vincent Goossaert is Professor of Daoism and Chinese religions at Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, France. Liu Xun is Professor of History at Rutgers University, USAshow more

Table of contents

Introduction Vincent Goossaert and Liu Xun Part 1: Historical overview 1. Daoism and temples in Chinese cities, 1860 to the present Vincent Goossaert 2. Daoists and Local Society in Nanyang from the late Qing to the Present Liu Xun Part 2: Spirit-writing temples and their networks 3. Luzu's network of Lay Daoists: The Jing'aishan system Vincent Goossaert 4. The Dao in the Southern Seas: The diffusion of the Luzu cult from Meizhou to Bangkok Yau Chi-on Part 3: Urban Daoist Householders 5. The Laodongyuemiao: Daoists, village community and regional cult Fang Ling 6. The Baoqing Daoist Householders and Local Migrant Community in Modern Hankou Mei Li and Xun Liu Conclusion Vincent Goossaert and Liu Xunshow more