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|Other Titles:||A Transformation of Religious Space: the “Taoist” Making of Singapore’s Tampines United Palace|
Tampines United Palace;Singapore;Taoism;religion;space
|Issue Date:||2016-06-02 16:48:58 (UTC+8)|
Since its independence in 1965, Singapore has figured prominently in the debates between human rights activists, political observers, and social organizations over whether the small nation-state - whose government has been well known to combine both effective governance and political repression in its half-century rule - should be categorized as authoritarian. What we have neglected or perhaps forgotten to see, however, is Singapore’s troubled past - that of the 1960s and 1970s - with its own civil and social organizations, some of which had threatened to undermine state power from their local bastions in villages and other rural settlements. Some organizations, such as those in which Communist agents were active, posed a direct challenge to the nascent state; others, such as clan associations and religious groups, were relatively easy to manage and coopt. Adopting the concept of space as its organizing principle, this article argues that the Tampines United Palace, a large temple situated in the eastern part of Singapore, has become a prominent Taoist religious site accommodating the temples (and their patron deities) that were dislocated as a result of the state’s land acquisitions, resettlement plans, and religious policies. The founders and subsequent leaders of the Tampines United Palace made conscious attempts to construct a Taoist temple in line with state directives and laws, one that can also live up to state expectations to provide for its immediate community. Their efforts reveal a great deal about the nature and dynamics of interactions between politics, society, and religion in Singapore. As such, a reconceptualization of the Tampines United Palace from religious space to political space is possible.
|Relation:||政治大學歷史學報, 43, 219-256|
The Journal of History
|Appears in Collections:||[政治大學歷史學報 THCI Core ] 期刊論文|
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