Cluster Leader: Jinhua Jia, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

This cluster seeks to respond the question: how have concerns with identifying “genuine” authors affected perceptions of authority and canonicity? Field trips to Jidu temple 濟瀆廟 and Mount Wangwu 王屋山 in Henan province will provide a unique opportunity to address when, where, and who has defined authoritative and authentic religion in China. At Jidu temple, we will investigate the architectural style of the site, the legacy of state sacrifices to the river god, and stele inscriptions on site. On Mount Wangwu, the group will consider rituals, premodern material cultural evidence, stele inscriptions, and contemporary practices of Daoist priests at abbeys.

The report from the 2017 field visit can be found here.

The report from the 2018 field visit can be found here.

2018 field visit team

Affiliated Researchers Associated Researchers
Jinhua Chen, University of British Columbia Susan  Andrews, Mount Allison University
Vincent Goossaert, École pratique des hautes études James Benn, McMaster University
Yi  Liu, Capital Norman University Marcus Bingenheimer, Temple University
Meir Shahar, Tel-Aviv University Timothy Brook, University of British Columbia
Barend ter Haar, University of Oxford Limei Chi, Tsurumi University & Tsurumi Junior College
Sylvie Hureau, École pratique des hautes études
George Keyworth, University of Saskatchewan
James Robson, Harvard University
Bruce Rusk, University of British Columbia
Cluster 2.1

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Jidu Temple: 34.604381, 117.839655
Mount Wangwu: 35.200000, 112.166700
Dongzhen Temple 東鎮廟: 36.198116, 118.670063
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Jidu Temple
Jidu Temple, Jiyuan, Henan, China
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Mount Wangwu
Mount Wangwu, Jiyuan, Henan, China
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Dongzhen Temple 東鎮廟
Dongzhen Temple 東鎮廟, Weifang, China