A Study of the Significance of Folk Religious Beliefs in the Ancestral Indoctrination in Penghu, Taiwan (80985)

Session Information: Religion, Spirituality
Session Chair: Andrej Kapcar

Saturday, 25 May 2024 17:35
Session: Session 5
Room: Room 708
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

The Penghu Islands are situated in the middle of the Taiwan Strait and are characterized by unique climate and geographic conditions. Over the centuries, they have been governed by various Chinese dynasties and foreign regimes. During the Qing Dynasty in China, when the situation was turbulent, local scholars noticed a decline in people's morale. They established shrines (Luan Tang) and acadmies (Shan She) in temples to provide moral education for ancestors based on religious beliefs to promote moral enlightenment among the people. This initiative effectively stabilized people's emotions and influenced the population positively.
This distinctive temple belief system is still actively shaping the mindset of Penghu islanders and influencing the island's modernization. This paper will utilize literature analysis and fieldwork to investigate the distinctive temple beliefs in the Penghu area and their educational aspects. The aim is for the findings of this study to enhance the development of Penghu's modern social environment.

Che-Chung Yang, Weixin Shengjiao College, Taiwan

About the Presenter(s)
Dr Che-Chung Yang is a Civil Servant at Weixin Shengjiao College in Taiwan

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00