Demonic Power in the Chinese World(神明的邪權力)

主講人: Stephan Feuchtwang (王斯福教授, Emeritus Professor, London School of Economics )
主持人: 張珣(中央研究院民族所研究員)
時間: 2018 年 01 月 04 日(四)上午 10:00 至 2018 年 01 月 05 日(五)下午 12:00
地點: 中研院民族所第3會議室(新館3樓2319)
When writing The Imperial Metaphor I noted a key difference upon which the metaphor was based. Actual civil officials in the imperial service were Wen (文). But the most efficacious (靈) gods, who are those low in the divine hierarchy, are Wu (武). In this study of the imagery and shrines of gods in the Quanzhou region of mainland China and the Anxi settlements in Taiwan, I am taking this conclusion a step further. I argue that there is a gradation from the amoral efficacy of dangerous ghosts (鬼) to the control of demons (怪) and ghosts as righteous and just response to pleas.