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The Lady of Linshui: A Chinese Female Cult
This anthropological study examines the cult of the Chinese goddess Chen Jinggu, divine protector of women and children. The cult of the "Lady of Linshui" began in the province of Fujian on the southeastern coast of China during the eleventh century and remains vital in present-day Taiwan. Skilled in Daoist practices, Chen Jinggu's rituals of exorcism and shamanism ...more
Hardcover, 392 pages
Published May 7th 2008 by Stanford University Press
(first published 2008)
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The Lady of Linshui is an important work in the study of the feminine in Chinese society. It examines the often overlooked role of women in Chinese shamanic practice. It focusses on the cult of Chen Jinggu in Fujian Province and Taiwan. Baptandier provides a good template for the future study of localized cults in China. She also provides a lot of interesting information on Daosit cosmologies.