China and Inner Asia

Organized Panel Session

A Zero-Sum or Win-Win Game: The Motional Competition and Negotiation of Chinese Religions in Sacred Spaces in the Middle and Late Imperial China

Friday, July 6
12:10 PM - 1:40 PM
Location: Jacaranda II, First Floor

In the landscape of Chinese religion, the so-called Three Teachings compose the belief tripod of Chinese people. Thus, many intellectuals and scholars pick the unification of Three Teachings to make sense of the syncretism of Confucianism, Buddhism, and Daoism. However, if we specifically observe and analyze Chinese religions from a more microscopic perspective, the landscape of Chinese religion absolutely cannot be simplified by the unification of Three Teachings. In most situations, the religiously sacred spaces (i.e. sacred mountains, Buddhist and Daoist temples in cities) are not monopolized by one particular religion but shared by two or three of them. The limitation of resources and pilgrims’ pool also lead to the fierce competition and relative compromise of Three Teachings. Interestingly, the competition and negotiation of Chinese religions in these sacred spaces not only depend on their own economic strength and personal charisma of religious leaders but also considerably connect to more comprehensively macro or micropolitical and cultural factors. Xie Yifeng and Wang Feifei investigate the motional competition and negotiation among Daoism, Buddhism and official powers in Hangzhou during the Song period; Lu Shuang and Jiang Huyu reveal the function of multiple local powers in Shanxi to sharp the local religious landscape in the middle and late imperial China. Exactly as the Annales School did in their researches, we hope to practice the total religious history in local sacred space and integrate different influential elements (i.e. politics, economy, culture, and religions) to represent the motional Chinese religion in sacred spaces.

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