The Rise of Western Pop Music and Pole Dancing in Taiwanese Traditional Religious Festivals


In traditional Chinese religious festivals, a procession in which the participants, prior to returning home from a holy pilgrimage, would tour to and visit the neighboring villages. This is called raojing _�__�_ (patrolling tour). The detour is to share the blessings from the pilgrims in order to bring good luck and prosperity to their fellow communities. However, this sacred patrolling has been incorporated with Western pop music and pole dancing in Taiwan to draw crowds and keep them amused for the past few decades. The paper examines the social impact of this particular religious rendition and argues that the accommodation is not a mere ethical challenge but rather a creative one, aiming for preserving a prior ritual order.

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Min-Chia Young, Shu-Te University, Taiwan

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Conference: ACERP2016
Stream: Religion - Feminism and Religious Traditions

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