Publication Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

11-2015

Abstract

Since 1979, China has seen a renaissance of indigenous belief systems, including Daoist tangki spirit-medium practice. Tangki traditions have Neolithic roots. The founding myth is of a man who magically battled flood demons to save China. In imperial times, ordinary people, disenfranchised by the state religion and pawns of dynastic wars, created a soteriology of self-empowerment. Ordinary people would transform through spirit pos-session into warrior gods who would save the community. Millennia-old tangki traditions have diffused into the modern Chinese quotidian. With a remote Central Committee of the Communist Party recalling distant emperors, village temples, many led by tangkis, have formed “second governments” to deal with day-to-day exigencies. Religion offers a cultural lens to obtain new perspectives of the Chinese worldview.

Keywords

Tangki, China, Chinese, Daoist, spirit possession, medium, shaman, demon, ritual, gods

Discipline

Asian Studies | Religion

Research Areas

Humanities

Publication

Oxford Handbooks Online

First Page

1

Last Page

19

Identifier

10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199935420.013.11

Publisher

Oxford University Press

City or Country

New York

Copyright Owner and License

Margaret Chan

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199935420.013.11

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