Edited by Stephan Feuchtwang
Chapter 10: Household ritual specialists
Ritual specialists performing liturgies in temples, festivals and households are now mainly Daoist, but some are Buddhist, and both perform similar liturgies for death rituals. Most are based at their home altars, very few in local temples; a major change due to the destruction of temples in campaigns against old customs and superstitions, now abated. The specialists offer calendrical and geomantic selection, as well as forming groups for liturgy that includes both percussive, sung and instrumental performance and scriptural recital. This chapter gives detailed examples of performances by means of case studies of the services provided by a family of Daoists and by an amateur ritual association, both northern Chinese examples of revival by the teaching of practitioners from the 1950s. Migration, consumerist, pop musical tastes and urbanization among the clients of the experts have demanded diluted, simplified and more ostentatious versions of their rituals.
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.
Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.
Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.