- Associate Professor
- Rutgers University-Camden
Community and Religion in Rural Northern China
The Revival of Communal Religion in Rural Northern China
This project studies the continuity and change in village communal religion in premodern and present-day China. Rural China has experienced a significant religious revival in the past three decades. To explore this revival, this project utilizes a case study that involves a historical cult of the Daoist (Taoist) saintly immortal, Lady Wei Huacun (251-334 AD), in a rural community in north China. The analysis first focuses on the multiplicity of religious symbolism. Various social groups, such as village-level activists, religious specialists, and state agents, contest with each other in appropriating Lady Wei cultural-religious symbols. Second, it explores the leadership of women in the rival of Lady Wei worship.