Heritage and Religion in East Asia examines how religious heritage, in a mobile way, plays across national boundaries in East Asia and, in doing so, the book provides new theoretical insights into the articulation of heritage and religion.

Drawing on primary, comparative research carried out in four East Asian countries, much of which was undertaken by East Asian scholars, the book shows how the inscription of religious items as "Heritage" has stimulated cross-border interactions among religious practitioners and boosted tourism along modern pilgrimage routes. Considering how these forces encourage cross-border links in heritage practices and religious movements in China, Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan, the volume also questions what role heritage plays in a region where Buddhism, Taoism, and other various folk religious practices are dominant. Arguing that it is diversity and vibrancy that makes religious discourse in East Asia unique, the contributors explore how this particularity both energizes and is empowered by heritage practices in East Asia.

Heritage and Religion in East Asia enriches understanding of the impact of heritage and religious culture in modern society and will be of interest to academics and students working in heritage studies, anthropology, religion, and East Asian studies.

part I|40 pages

Recognition and remembrance in religion and heritage

chapter Chapter 2|17 pages

Dealing with death

Separating and mixing religious and secular heritage

part II|50 pages

Modernizing heritage

chapter Chapter 4|21 pages

After the heritage

The fate of Gangneng Danoje between religious ritual and cultural festival

chapter Chapter 5|12 pages

Japan and China

Parallel and divergent tracks in modernity?

chapter Chapter 6|15 pages

Ethnic religion after disasters

Intangible cultural heritage in China

part III|62 pages

From heritage to religion

chapter Chapter 8|23 pages

Heritage conservation and ethnic associations

The Chaozhou Hungry Ghosts Festival in Hong Kong 1

chapter Chapter 9|17 pages

The Lute of Heaven of Golden Dragon Valley

Transcending Shamanism

part IV|70 pages

Authenticity and sacred

chapter Chapter 10|20 pages

Between religious authenticity and intangible cultural heritage

The cult of Mazu in Taiwan, Fujian, and Hainan Island

chapter Chapter 12|17 pages

Seichi Junrei

Heritage, pilgrimage, and popular culture in contemporary Japan

chapter Chapter 13|14 pages


The secular sacred and the religious sacred