First published in 2001, Popular Religion in China: The Imperial Metaphor was written to bring together both the previously unpublished and published results of fieldwork in the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan and to put them into an historical, political, and theoretical context.
The book presents Chinese popular religion as a distinctive institution and describes its content as an ‘imperial metaphor’. In doing so, it explores a wide range of topics, including both official and local cults, local festivals, Daoism, Ang Gong, the politics of religion, and political ritual.
Table of Contents
1: History, Identification and Belief; 2: The Annual Apocalypse; 3: Official and Local Cults; 4: Local Festivals and their Cults; 5: The Incense-Burner: Communication and Deference; 6: Daoism and its Clients; 7: Ang Gong, or the Truth of Puppets; 8: The Politics of Religion and Politcal Ritual; Notes, References; Glossary; Index