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Introduction: The Survey And Its Main Findings

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This is the introductory chapter of this book, which provides an introduction to the survey, and to put the "return of the gods" to the Putian plains over the past three decades into historical context. It summarizes the survey and its main findings, including a description of the way in which the survey entries are organized. The chapter presents an overview of the book and how the other chapters of the book are organized. Cultural Revolution and the beginning of the economic reforms of Deng Xiaoping, a massive resurgence and re-invention of local ritual traditions, have taken place across China. The survey is arranged according to regional ritual alliances and the cun (natural villages) which make them up. These cun are independent settlements, usually surrounded by rice-paddy fields or fruit trees.

Keywords: cultural revolution; economic reforms; Putian plains; regional ritual alliances



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