After Migration and Religious Affiliation : Religions, by Chee-Beng Tan

By Chee-Beng Tan

This can be a well timed e-book that fills the distance within the research of chinese language in another country and their religions within the international context. wealthy in ethnographic fabrics, this is often the 1st accomplished publication that exhibits the transnational non secular networks one of the chinese language of alternative nationalities and among the chinese language in another country and the areas in China. The ebook highlights varied non secular traditions together with chinese language renowned faith, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam, and discusses inter-cultural affects on religions, their localization, their importance to cultural belonging, and the transnational nature of spiritual affiliations and networking.

Readership: students, postgraduate scholars and normal public who're drawn to the learn of chinese language in a foreign country, relatively as regards to spiritual association.

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At present these temples have a special relation with each other because they usually celebrate the birthday of the goddess together in Gresik. This annual event strengthen the ties between the temples, which had faced difficult times in the past. It is the time to reflect upon the past when the worship of Mazu was important to ensure her divine protection which gave the seafarer the courage to brave the rough and unpredictable seas. The situation became different in 2012. The celebration shifted to Lasem in Central Java, where a big celebration was held, attended by representatives of temples from many parts of the Archipelago.

Tjoe Hwie Kiong Temple in Rembang (Photograph by Tan Chee-Beng, August 2007). indd 8 24-07-2014 11:08:27 b1751 After Migration and Religious Affiliation: Religions, Chinese Identities and Transnational Networks The Mazu Worship on the Island of Java 9 (1690) and it was relocated to its present site in 1968 (see Fig. 1). Rembang the next city has a large temple on the seaside, the Tjoe Hwie Kiong (see Fig. 2). Every 10 years a big celebration is held. Neighboring temples are invited to participate in the celebrations with a parade of Mazu and her visitors through the streets of Rembang.

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