Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1-2009

Abstract

Since 2002, when Chinese New Year became a national holiday in Indonesia, spirit medium parades on the fifteen day of the New Year (called Cap Go Meh) have been growing in size in certain West Kalimantan towns, especially Singkawang. This parade in particular has become a major tourist draw-card. Referring to local history, Chinese popular religion and Hakka culture, this article applies a performance analysis methodology to dissect this contemporary phenomenon from religious, historical and inter-ethnic perspectives. It shows how the parades have become enmeshed in current inter-ethnic politics in West Kalimantan, as well as revealing the way that adaptations by the spirit-mediums involved demonstrate their spiritual commitment to their Indonesian homeland.

Keywords

Indonesia, Chinese New Year, social customs, rituals, parades, ethnic relations

Discipline

Asian Studies | Race and Ethnicity | Religion

Research Areas

Humanities

Publication

Chinese Southern Diaspora Studies

Volume

3

First Page

106

Last Page

142

ISSN

1834-609X

Publisher

Australian National University

Copyright Owner and License

Margaret CHAN

Additional URL

https://chl.anu.edu.au/publications/csds/csds2009/05_CSDS_2009_CHAN.pdf

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