The Significance and Crisis of Religious Rituals in Taiwanese Cultural Landscape

Wang, Chun-Hsi and Fu, Chao-Ching (2008) The Significance and Crisis of Religious Rituals in Taiwanese Cultural Landscape. In: 16th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Finding the spirit of place – between the tangible and the intangible’, 29 sept – 4 oct 2008, Quebec, Canada. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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The local religious territory in southern Taiwan is centered by a primary temple, associated with lots of subordinated temples. The collective rituals of these temples form a worship system called “Gua Xiang”, which is a mutual ritual procession among temples within the territory .The temples and people have been connected by means of this system, and the rituals, celebrations, myths and legends in the system have become one of the most touching intangible heritage of a community. This paper will argue that the “Gua Xiang” worship system reflected the life styles or defense organization of societies in the past. With the help of them, the emotion of people and temples spreading separately had been linked together, and more splendid type of belief, worship activities will be created jointly. In other words, the “Gua Xiang” worship system has become an intangible heritage to reinforce the spirit of a place in a cultural landscape.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Wang, Chun-Hsi
Fu, Chao-Ching
Languages: English
Keywords: religions; rituals; cultural landscape; temple; spirit of place; intangible heritage; "Gua-Xiang" system
Subjects: H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 06. Cultural landscapes
O. INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
O. INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 03. Performing arts
O. INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 04. Social practices, rituals and festive events
H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 19A. Places of religion and ritual
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2010 10:17
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2023 14:07
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