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The Study on the Ritual of Cattle King Temple Fair in Hengshan, Shannxi Province

Author: ZhuZuoZuo
Tutor: XiaoHong
School: Shanxi Normal University
Course: Folklore
Keywords: The Ritual of Cattle King Temple Fair Historical evolution Ritual performance Social function
CLC: K892.4
Type: Master's thesis
Year: 2014
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Abstract


Because of harsh environments and frequent wars in Hengshan,the religion activities is very flourished. The Ritual of Cattle KingTemple Fair can’t be separate from the influence of Buddhism andTaoism and Confucianism, which have typical regional, uniquenessand nationality, etc. The ritual is the most profound cultural memoryof the group, not only contains history and social factors, but alsoshows the cultural significance and social function. Based onfieldworks, the theory and research methods of folklore as well ascultural anthropology are employed, this paper explores the birth,historical evolution, and ritual performances of the Ritual of CattleKing Temple Fair in Hengshan, Shaanxi Province.This article is totally divided into four sections, includingintroduction, the main body, conclusion and appendix. The firstchapter depicts the history and humanistic ecological environmentof Hengshan county on the basis of literature, that would show thegenerated environment of the ritual. The second chapter issystematically expound the historical development of the Ritual ofCattle King Temple Fair in Hengshan. Its origin has a closelyrelationship with religion culture. The third chapter analyzes theritual process and organization by the method of fieldwork. The fourth chapter explores social function of the Ritual of Cattle KingTemple Fair in Hengshan. It can meet the daily needs of people,educate people and maintain the order of villages. The introductionpart elaborates this topic’s reason, academic history, researchmethods and significance. The conclusion section concentrates onritual status and trends, to provide a reference for the present studyof local ritual.

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