Between religion and State: the Dajia pilgrimage in Taiwan

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TitleBetween religion and State: the Dajia pilgrimage in Taiwan
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsHsun, C.
JournalSocial Compass
ISBN Number0037-7686
KeywordsAnthropology, État, pèlerinage, Pilgrimage, Pilgrimages, Political dissent, Politicians, Politics, Politique, profane, Religion &amp, Routes, sacré, sacred, STATE, Taiwan, Temple

In this paper the author will utilize both anthropological and historical approaches to illustrate how religion and the State intersect in the Dajia Mazu pilgrimage. Moreover, she will critique the conventional binary model of sacred versus profane by demonstrating how these two concepts are intricately intertwined in the course of the Dajia pilgrimage. The article aims to: provide a brief introduction and background to the Dajia pilgrimage; explore how the pilgrimage route is determined; discuss the protagonists involved in the choice of the pilgrimage route – temple committee leaders and members, as well as local politicians; and examine how temple committee members exploit the pilgrimage to express dissent against the central government of Taiwan.