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Steps of Perfection

Exorcistic Performers and Chinese Religion in Twentieth-Century Taiwan

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$45.00 • £36.95 • €40.50

ISBN 9780674010970

Publication Date: 11/30/2003

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This is an excellent study of Taiwanese religious culture. Combining a thorough knowledge of Chinese historical and religious writings with camcorder ethnography, Sutton explores the face painted ‘ghostly generals’—the entourage of the Five Emperors/Plague Gods that ‘step the void,’ dancing cosmic patterns of Daoism in modern Taiwan… This important work proves that Taiwanese culture must be understood as distinct from Mainland China culture.—F. B. Bessac, Choice

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