Religion and Beliefs
Green Island Human Right Culture Park (GIHRCP), which was set up in 2001, formerly functioned as a political prison during the period of martial law in Taiwan from 1951 to 1987. After the establishment of the park, more and more religious experiences related to the traumatized memories of the martial law period in Taiwan were narrated by local actors and short-term visitors. These religious experiences represent a local reaction triggered by the policies of conserving negative heritage, yet this religious aspect of traumatized memory is currently overlooked by research about negative heritage in Taiwan. This research intends to understand how the construction of heritage at the periphery (of a state) affects the trauma-transmission process of the local actors and short-term visitors, and how such a process is represented in the form of religious experiences. This research sees the case of GIHRCP on Green Island, where the religious experience and ghost stories are more about the victims of totalitarian regimes, as a starting point, and intends to cover other heritage locate in Taiwan’s offshore islands such as the Matsu Battlefield Culture and Kinmen Battlefield Culture, where the religious experience and ghost stories are more about masculine braveness of being the frontline of the country. Such approach allows us to see the religious dimension of commemorating traumatized memories, hence also foregrounds the experience of local actors and short-term visitors in the process of comprehending, interpreting and even contesting the transmission of traumatized memories of government.