Way That Lives In The Heart, The: Chinese Popular Religion And Spirit Mediums In Penang, Malaysia


by Debernardi, Jean

Way That Lives In The Heart, The: Chinese Popular Religion And Spirit Mediums In Penang, Malaysia

Price:  US$102.43   (SGD128.04*)
Format:  Hard Cover, 372 pages
Published:  2006, USA, 1st Edition
ISBN:  0804752923
SB#:  038005 (130)

About This Book

A richly detailed ethnographic analysis of the practice of Chinese religion in the modern, multicultural Southeast Asian city of Penang, Malaysia. The book conveys both an understanding of shared religious practices and orientations and a sense of how individual men and women imagine, represent and transform popular religious practices within the time and space of their own lives. This work is original in three ways - it investigates Penang Chinese religious practice as a total field of religious practice, suggesting ways in which the religious culture has been transformed in the conjuncture with modernity; it emphasizes the way in which socially marginal spirit mediums use a religious anti-language and unique religious rituals to set themselves apart from mainstream society; it investigates Penang Chinese religion as the product of a specific history and which does not claim to represent a single "Chinese religion".


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