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By David A Palmer; Glenn Landes Shive; Philip L Wickeri

Written by way of a group of across the world well known students, this quantity offers an in-depth advent to faith in modern China. rather than adopting the conventional specialise in pre-modern spiritual background and doctrinal traditions, Chinese spiritual Life examines the social dimensions of non secular lifestyles, with essays dedicated to faith in city, rural, and ethnic minority settings; to the spiritual dimensions of physique, gender, setting, and civil society; and to the old, sociological, monetary, and political elements of faith in modern chinese language society

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Fengshui in a village is also closely related to exorcism. After locating a good site, a geomancer often acts as a demon expeller as well, by killing a cock and sprinkling its blood on a building site. At the time of a burial and when a new house or temple is being built, a geomancer performs a ritual to “yell for the dragon,” which helps to energize and consecrate a newly found site. 4 Dragon pacifying ritual. 5 Dragon dance at Liangcheng, Fujian province. (Photo Wai Lun Tam) Communal Worship and Festivals in Chinese Villages 37 burning a contract to announce the new owner of the site to the nether world.

We are constantly told that a house in a village should not stand out from the rest or it will be blamed for any misfortune anywhere in the village. A house standing out from the rest is said to look like a man carrying a heavy load of buckets with a pole. A building protruding from the rest is said to look like a tumor and symbolizes one (because like produces like; or, an effect resembles its cause). Hence the height of the individual houses in a village should be standardized. This principle of standardizing the height of houses in a village also gives us a glimpse of the Chinese value system.

At the time of a burial and when a new house or temple is being built, a geomancer performs a ritual to “yell for the dragon,” which helps to energize and consecrate a newly found site. 4 Dragon pacifying ritual. 5 Dragon dance at Liangcheng, Fujian province. (Photo Wai Lun Tam) Communal Worship and Festivals in Chinese Villages 37 burning a contract to announce the new owner of the site to the nether world. At times, geomancers will be possessed by the gods to help them locate a good fengshui spot.

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