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Title of Project:
Chinese Cultural Unity as Seen from the Wuyuan Code of Sacrifice

Total Fund Awarded:

Principal Investigator:
Professor PUK Wing Kin, Department of History, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Funding Source:
RGC General Research Fund 2017/18

Abstract of Research:
        This project explores the religious and social landscape of Wuyuan of Huizhou. Its major historical archives is the Huangshe Chuanyuan Sidian隍社川源祀典( The Code of sacrifice to cities, shrines, valleys and rivers), a Daoist text containing not only names of well-known Daoist deities, but also names of many villages, shrines, temples and bridges of Wuyuan. This text therefore provides us with a rare opportunity to locate the practice of popular Daoist practices within the specific landscape of Wuyuan. This project demonstrates how this Daoist text appropriates the official Confucian ideology of the imperial Chinese state to bring all the “obedient” and unruly deities into the grand religious universe of Wuyuan, thereby realizing cultural unity through “orthopraxy”.