PUK Wing Kin
RGC General Research Fund
If Huizhou徽州 was a theatre of state-society interaction in late imperial China, then the main stage in this theatre must be the Wangdiu汪帝 Temple in Shexianu歙縣. Known officially as the Yueguogongu越國公, Wangdi was the most respected and worshipped deity in Huizhou. By exploring the worship of Wangdi and the legal dispute over the Wangdi Temple in Shexian in Ming-Qing era, this project unveils the processes and mechanisms of the formation of local society and the transformation of state power in Huizhou.