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This front matter section of this book Ritual Alliances of the Putian Plain presents table of contents, list of illustrations, timeline of Chinese dynasities and acknowledgements. The book provides a historical introduction to the formation of 153 regional ritual alliances made up of 724 villages. Early popular cults, Ming lineages, Qing multi-village alliances, late Qing spirit-medium associations, 20th century state attacks on local religion, and the role of Overseas Chinese and local communities in rebuilding the temple networks are discussed.

Keywords: Overseas Chinese; Qing multi-village alliances; regional ritual alliances



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