In Search of the Folk Daoists in North China

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2010 - Religion - 292 pages
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Daoist ritual in China is still only a small part of Daoist studies. Most work focuses on the southeast, with the vast area of north China often assumed to be a tabula rasa for local lay liturgical traditions. This book, based on fieldwork, challenges this assumption.
 

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Contents

A wellkept secret
1
Singing from a different hymnsheet north and central Shanxi
33
North Shanxi
35
Northcentral Shanxi
65
Templelay connections south Shanxi and south Hebei Shaanxi and Gansu
83
South Shanxi and south Hebei
85
Shaanxi
95
Gansu
107
Just cant get the staff the central Hebei plain
115
Introduction to Part Three
117
Daxing the Liangshanpo transmission
131
Bazhou and Jinghai
145
The western area Houshan and the Houtu cult
165
CONCLUSION
203
Its Daoism but not as we know it
205
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Stephen Jones read classical Chinese at Cambridge, and has been documenting living traditions of folk music and ritual in rural China since 1986. Since 1993 he has held research fellowships at SOAS, London University. He is author of the influential Folk music of China: living instrumental traditions; Plucking the winds, and his two volumes Ritual and music of north China (Ashgate, 2007, 2009), on north Shanxi and Shaanbei respectively, both include DVD documentaries. He is also a violinist in leading early music ensembles in London.

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