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Religious Reconfigurations in the People's Republic of China

Rural Women, Old Age, and Temple Work

A Case from Northwestern Sichuan
Xiaofei Kang


This article examines the interface of religion, gender, and old age in contemporary China through the case of a group of rural Han elder women and their community temple in northwestern Sichuan. Without access to monastic resources and charismatic leadership, the women have made the temple a gendered ritual space of their own to obtain social company, spiritual comfort, and moral capital for themselves and their families. Neither victims of feudal superstition nor obstacles to modernisation, they are a dynamic transformative force in contemporary rural China.

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Xiaofei Kang, « Rural Women, Old Age, and Temple Work », China Perspectives [Online], 2009/4 | 2009, Online since 01 December 2012, connection on 19 June 2018. URL :

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