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|Title:||Phoenix Hall (luantang 鸞堂) Activities of the Qiu 邱Clan in Yongjing 永靖under Japanese Rule: A Study of the Xishou Hall 錫壽堂and the Xinghua Hall 醒化堂|
Hakka phoenix halls (Kejia luantang 客家鸞堂);Yongjing 永靖;Xinghua temple 醒化堂;Xishou temple 錫壽堂;clan
|Issue Date:||2018-03-19 14:00:10 (UTC+8)|
This article takes as its object the Xinghua and Xishou halls founded by the Chiu clan in the Yongjing area in the sub-districts of Zhaicuodi 窄厝底 and Hulian 瑚璉 during Japanese rule and discusses the role played by luantang within the Chiu clan. In previous research concerning luantang, the majority of studies centers either on discussions of the society revealed in the contents luantang literature or the substance of the nature of various denominations, or, from the context of social development, discussions on the role of luantang in local society. Through an exploration of the Xinghua and Xishou temples and their related phoenix hall operations, this paper illustrates that in the operation of this kind of clan phoenix hall, commonalities exist [with other halls], such as periodic planchette writing in the phoenix hall and, even during the time of planchette writing, the bestowed poems that are given to related disciples of the phoenix (luansheng 鸞生), encouraging them to make progress; the clan phoenix hall is no exception [in adopting these activities]. In the clan phoenix hall, the deification of clan ancestors and planchette writing that narrates their biography, or even the convening of Yin-Yang Convocations (yinyang hui 陰陽會) for luansheng and deceased relatives, often become frequently used means for the clan phoenix hall. From the phoenix halls’ related characteristics and activities mentioned above, we can see that the adopted strategies of the clan phoenix hall still concern blood ties in moralized relationships; they coordinate with religious power to implement restraints on clan relative behavior and achieve an objective of solidarity. Moreover, by coupling the phoenix halls' religious behaviors of periodic planchette writing and the interaction between deities and human beings with clan relative [relationships], the clan's written rules, comparatively speaking, are clearly even more dynamic and possess greater influence; this is the reason for the spread of phoenix hall convocations in Hakka (Kejia 客家) areas that value clan strength.
|Relation:||華人宗教研究, 6, 59-86|
|Appears in Collections:||[華人宗教研究] 期刊論文|
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