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Title: Buddhist death rituals in Fujian
Author: Heise, Ingmar Fédéric
ISNI:       0000 0004 2739 1160
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2012
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This thesis examines Buddhist rituals conducted (mainly) by monks for the wellbeing of deceased lay-persons in contemporary Fujian province in Southeast China. Research was conducted within the Bristol project on 'Buddhist Death Rituals in Southeast Asia and China' and sponsored by the AHRC. Based on fieldwork conducted from March-December 2008 in the three urban areas of Xiamen and Quanzhou in Southern Fujian, and the capital Fuzhou in Northern Fujian, and on written materials, such as Buddhist scriptures, monastic public announcements and ritual manuals, I describe and analyse a variety of post-burial rites. They range from small scale rites of offering to nourish and help the deceased during the liminal period of forty-nine days after death and rebirth, to one-to-three day funeral chaodu 'rites of ferrying across' sending off the departed to a better rebirth, ideally held before the end of the forty-nine days liminal period, to the large-scale public rituals of universal liberation held during the so-called 'Ghost Month' and the crown of Buddhist rituals the shuilu fahui or 'Grand Dharma Assembly of Liberation of all Land and Water Beings' .. The research presented here is more like a snapshot or survey of contemporary Buddhist rituals and practices for the dead in Southeast China than an in depth anthropological analysis; my hope is, through this overview, to provide inspiration and basic material for future research .
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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