By Selina Ching Chan,Graeme Lang

Much has been written on how temples are developed or reconstructed for reviving neighborhood non secular and communal lifestyles or for recycling culture after the industry reforms in China. The dynamics among the country and society that lie at the back of the revival of temples and spiritual practices initiated by way of the locals were well-analysed. notwithstanding, there's a hole within the literature in terms of figuring out 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 over the past two decades. 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 display the forces of transnational ties, capital, markets and identities, as temples have been outfitted with the desire of constructing tourism, boosting the neighborhood financial 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, ladies temple managers, entrepreneurialism and the non secular financial system, and in response to broad fieldwork, Chan and Lang have produced a very interdisciplinary stick to as much as The upward thrust of a Refugee God with a purpose to entice scholars and students of chinese language faith, chinese language tradition, Asian anthropology, cultural historical past and Daoism alike.

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