The Market and Temple Fairs of Rural China : Red Fire

Gene. Cooper
Nettressurs Engelsk 2013 · Electronic books.

Annen tittel
Hoboken : : Taylor and Francis, , 2013.
1 online resource (273 p.)
Description based upon print version of record. . - Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; List of plates; List of maps; List of tables; Preface and acknowledgments; 1 Introduction: conceptual framework; PART I BACKGROUND AND SETTING; 2 The field site-the Jinhua region: geographic, historical and political-economic background; 3 Religion in Jinhua and perspectives for understanding it; 4 Temple fairs in Chinese history and Chinese folklore studies; PART II UNRAVELING THE STRANDS OF THE TOTAL SOCIAL PHENOMENON; 5 Secular fairs: the commercial/economic dimension; 6 The popular cultural dimension; 7 More popular culture: Wuju (Jinhua opera) . - 8 The religious dimension: the temple fair of Hugong Dadi9 The political dimension: macro and micro; 10 Fotang town: the resacralization of a commercial fair; 11 Conclusions; Appendix 1: Selected Daoqing repertoire items; Appendix 2: Selected Wuju repertoire items; Bibliography; Index . - During the early communist period of the 1950s, temple fairs in China were both suppressed and secularized. Temples were closed down by the secular regime and their activities classified as feudal superstition and this process only intensified during the Cultural Revolution when even the surviving secular fairs, devoted exclusively to trade with no religious content of any kind, were suppressed. However, once China embarked on its path of free market reform and openness, secular commodity exchange fairs were again authorized, and sometimes encouraged in the name of political economy as a me

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