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Article: A case study of the decline of the Buddhist funeral ritual, the Guangdong Yuqie Yankou

TitleA case study of the decline of the Buddhist funeral ritual, the Guangdong Yuqie Yankou
Authors
Issue Date2016
PublisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/14639947.asp
Citation
Contemporary Buddhism, 2016, v. 17 n. 1, p. 116-137 How to Cite?
AbstractAbstractThis article contextualizes the decline of the Buddhist death ritual, the Guangdong Yuqie Yankou (廣東瑜伽焰口), through an examination of external and internal factors that might have affected its development in contemporary Hong Kong. During the last two decades, its popularity has dramatically declined, so much so that it now occupies an insignificant place among the pool of local funeral rituals. Its waning is not only a result of changing socioeconomic factors, such as contemporary lifestyles, commercialization of the funeral industry, ?fast-food? mortuary practices, and diminished religiosity of the Hong Kong laity, but is also caused by the scarcity of presiding Buddhist masters and competition from Buddhist rituals imported from other provinces of China. These intertwining factors have worked together to foster the decline of the ritual. The data for this ethnographic study were mainly collected in interviews and through the observation of participants.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/226459
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2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.136

 

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dc.contributor.authorSik, HH-
dc.contributor.authorSik, FR-
dc.date.accessioned2016-06-17T07:44:17Z-
dc.date.available2016-06-17T07:44:17Z-
dc.date.issued2016-
dc.identifier.citationContemporary Buddhism, 2016, v. 17 n. 1, p. 116-137-
dc.identifier.issn1463-9947-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/226459-
dc.description.abstractAbstractThis article contextualizes the decline of the Buddhist death ritual, the Guangdong Yuqie Yankou (廣東瑜伽焰口), through an examination of external and internal factors that might have affected its development in contemporary Hong Kong. During the last two decades, its popularity has dramatically declined, so much so that it now occupies an insignificant place among the pool of local funeral rituals. Its waning is not only a result of changing socioeconomic factors, such as contemporary lifestyles, commercialization of the funeral industry, ?fast-food? mortuary practices, and diminished religiosity of the Hong Kong laity, but is also caused by the scarcity of presiding Buddhist masters and competition from Buddhist rituals imported from other provinces of China. These intertwining factors have worked together to foster the decline of the ritual. The data for this ethnographic study were mainly collected in interviews and through the observation of participants.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/14639947.asp-
dc.relation.ispartofContemporary Buddhism-
dc.titleA case study of the decline of the Buddhist funeral ritual, the Guangdong Yuqie Yankou-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailSik, HH: hinhung@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailSik, FR: faren@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authoritySik, HH=rp01140-
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/14639947.2016.1162424-
dc.identifier.hkuros258226-
dc.identifier.spage116-
dc.identifier.epage137-

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