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Confucianism as a World ReligionContested Histories and Contemporary Realities$
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Anna Sun

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691155579

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691155579.001.0001

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The Contemporary Revival and Reinvention of Confucian Ritual Practices

The Contemporary Revival and Reinvention of Confucian Ritual Practices

(p.153) Chapter 8 The Contemporary Revival and Reinvention of Confucian Ritual Practices
Confucianism as a World Religion

Anna Sun

Princeton University Press

This chapter evaluates interviews and participant observations in various Confucian temples throughout China, suggesting that there is a noteworthy reinvention of religious ritual practices in Confucian temple settings, as well as a revival of Confucian social rituals in today's China. The Confucian temple life in Taiwan provides a good comparison case, both echoing many of the practices seen in Mainland China and proposing possible future directions that Confucian temple life in Mainland China might take. Related fieldwork includes visits to non-Confucian temples in which Confucius is also venerated, both in Mainland China and Taiwan. The chapter shows how this revival process is by no means uniform but is shaped by differences in local religious history, regional economic development, and the historical status of the temples.

Keywords:   Confucius temples, China, Taiwan, Confucian social rituals, temple life, religious history, economic development

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