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Town and Country Representation as Seen in Temple Fairs

  • Zhao Shiyu
Part of the St Antony’s Series book series

Abstract

During the Ming and Qing dynasties, temples and shrines devoted to different deities, were features of towns and villages. From time to time these communities acted as hosts, organizing processions and other celebratory activities, in order to maintain their connections with the deities to which such places of worship were dedicated. These communal celebrations were often transformed into fairs, in which religious worship combined with business activities, socialization and the expression of power. Underlying the religious fair, therefore, the historian as observer may perceive how relationships between town and country developed.

Keywords

Jiangsu Province Zhejiang Province Qing Dynasty Ming Dynasty Market Town 
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