Title

Tangki War Magic: The Virtuality of Spirit Warfare and the Actuality of Peace

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

3-2014

Abstract

Tangki spirit-medium worship is practiced in the Hokkien communities of Southeast Asia and Taiwan. Tangkis are exorcists who perform war magic using the ritual theater of self-mortification. A tangki pierces his body with rods and swords in order to be supercharged with the spirit-power of the weapons for the battle with evil. Self-mortification can also enact a bodhisattva sacrifice of the body on behalf of devotees. The virtuality of the ritual theater convinces believers of the actuality of exorcism, which will ensure peace and safety in the reality of the everyday.

Keywords

Demonology, exorism, gods, Hokkien, ritual theater, spirit-medium worship, war magic

Discipline

Asian Studies | Religion

Research Areas

Humanities

Publication

Social Analysis

Volume

58

Issue

1

First Page

25

Last Page

46

ISSN

0155-977X

Identifier

10.3167/sa.2014.580102

Publisher

Berghahn

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.3167/sa.2014.580102