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Transnational Networks

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A longer historical perspective can build on the insights and models developed by Skinner to re-position Chinese villages and temples in specific transnational networks that have developed over the past 500 years. This chapter focuses on the extended Huang lineage, the temple network of the Shiting Jiulidong and their spirit mediums, and the network of Three in One temples; there are several other networks that can be traced from various points in Putian to Southeast Asia. These include 1) the networks Xinghua Huiguan, 2) the network of the Jiangkou Dongyueguan and 3) Buddhist networks. While some theorists have looked to Overseas Chinese business leaders as the standard bearers of alternative modernity, this chapter examines local ritual traditions linking Southeast China to Southeast Asia and the experiences of participants in collective rites of spirit medium initiation to trace another possible response to the forces of capitalism in East Asia.

Keywords: Chinese villages; Huang lineage; Jiangkou Dongyueguan; ritual traditions; spirit medium; transnational networks; Xinghua Huiguan



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