Daoism in Maoist and Post-Maoist periods: The Case of Master Dingling in Western Fujian

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TitleDaoism in Maoist and Post-Maoist periods: The Case of Master Dingling in Western Fujian
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsWU, N.
Conference NameDaoist Studies Boston 2014
Abstract

WU, Nengchang. Daoism in the Maoist and Post-Maoist Periods: The Case of Master Dingling in WesternFujian 毛澤東時代和後毛澤東時代的道教以閩西鼎靈道士為例

In which way has Mao’s reign (1949-76) impacted the religious life in rural China? Master Dingling (1929-2013) of the Lingying-tang 靈應堂, a Daoist altar in western area of Fujian Province, is a good case to discuss this suject. Already being a great Daoist master in 1949, Dingling had gradually changed his status as aDaoist, and had taken wandering puppet master and photographer as his two other main occupations. He also participated in many semi-official cultural and artistic activities, adroitly applying his Daoist techniques. However, the experience in Mao’s period has also influenced Dingling’s comeback as a Daoist master, and his Daoist practices during Post-Maoist period. Focusing on Master Dingling, this article attempts to explore how the transmissions of Daoism, ritual practices and the daily life of the Daoist masters had changed in Maoist period and has been changing in Post-Maoist period, and the internal logic of these changes.