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Religious Reconfigurations in the People's Republic of China

Temples and Daoists inUrban China Since 1980

Goossaert Vincent and Ling Fang


Since 1980, the revival of Daoist temples in China’s urban environment has been developing in two different directions. On the one hand, “official” temples operated by the Daoist Association claim to embody a modern form of Daoism and offer a number of different religious services to the people. On the other hand, community temples refashion the religious life of neighbourhoods, often on the outskirt of cities. This article explores the complex relationships between these different kinds of temples, the lay groups who visit them, and the Daoist clergy who serve them.

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Goossaert Vincent and Ling Fang, « Temples and Daoists inUrban China Since 1980 », China Perspectives [Online], 2009/4 | 2009, Online since 01 December 2012, connection on 24 June 2018. URL :

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