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Mu Peng(彭牧):Shared Practice, Esoteric Knowledge, and Bai

Mu Peng(彭牧):Shared Practice, Esoteric Knowledge, and Bai

作者:                         Peng, Mu.
副标题:                  Envisioning the Yin World in Rural China
学校:                         University of Pennsylvania.
学位:                         Ph.D.
指导老师:                         Hufford, David J.,eadvisor
学科:                         Folklore.
来源:                         Dissertation Abstracts International
出版日期:                         2008
ISBN:                         9780549577720
语言:                         English
出版号:                   3309491

摘要:
How do rural Chinese people practice popular religion? Without Church and institutional propagation, how do people form visions of the yin world, the Chinese spiritual world that is the opposite of the yang world where we live? Based upon fieldwork from 2005-2006 in Chaling County, Hunan Province, China, my dissertation explores what and how social processes and agents influence and shape formation and reproduction of religious beliefs and practices in individual and rural community. Portraying how daily life practices, rites of passage, and annual festival performances mold peoples mind and body, I highlight various wandering ritual specialists, who, as ordinary villagers as well as itinerants, shape and are shaped by local tradition. Centering upon how beliefs and practices are reproduced on the ground, my dissertation touches upon wider issues in the study of religion in general and Chinese popular religion in particular. Religion, belief, and ancestor worship are all modern Western categories. What are the Chinese sense of religion, worship, and belief and believing---at least in one place and time? I invoke the local term bai to shed light on the sense of doing religion. On the one hand, bai refers to concrete bodily movements that embody respect and awe, such as bowing, kneeling, or holding up offerings on ritual occasions. On the other hand, villagers not only use bai as a generic term to generalize ritual worship, but also to characterize their religious inclinations and practices. In this sense, my dissertation is an ethnography of bai, of how cultural and social practices cultivate people to bai appropriately and to envisage the yin world at the same time. Religious practices, I argue, instill into people beliefs and ways of doing religion, and deeply engrain visions of the yin world in the acting body and mind as a whole. Religion is not simply a matter of belief. Using case studies in rural China, I aim to offer an ethnographic critique that demonstrates the possibility of religion as a way, as a repertoire, for people to negotiate and come to terms with the dread and desires of life and death.
大王派我来巡山啰~~~~~
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广州市海珠区新港西路135号
中山大学中文系民俗学

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求问在哪可以找到全文?这学期彭老师没开课。

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