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Title: Ritual Change in a Taoist Tradition: The Development of the Jiao in Northern Taiwan
Authors: 孟逸夫
Menheere, Yves
Contributors: 華人宗教研究
Keywords: Taoism ; Taiwan ; jiao ; ritual change 
道教 ; 台灣 ; 醮 ; 儀式變遷
Date: 2018-01
Issue Date: 2020-11-24 16:28:39 (UTC+8)
Abstract: Taoist ritual is often presented as an unchanging relic of past times, transmitted by generations of masters. While many rites carried out by modern-day Taoist priests in Taiwan do indeed have a long history, a focus on historical continuity may conceal the fact that Taoist ritual can and does change over time. In this paper, I discuss changes in the practice of the jiao, one of the most important Taoist ceremonies, as it is carried out in northern Taiwan. Basing myself on scholarly descriptions of jiao from different eras, records by temples and ethnographic fieldwork carried out between 2013 and 2017, and focusing on the appearance of several new elements in the jiao, I argue that particular historical circumstances may lead to the inclusion of new elements in the program of a jiao and that such elements, once introduced, will quickly become a fixed part of the program.
Relation: 華人宗教研究, 11, 1-35
Data Type: article
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