East Asian Landscapes and Legitimation

Yasmin Koppen

East Asian Landscapes and Legitimation

Sacred Sites and the Localizing of Authority in China and Vietnam

ISBN
978-3-7329-0943-8 9783732909438
Date of appearance
2024
Language
English
Binding
Paperback
Pages
380
Format
14.8 × 21.0 cm (B × H)
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78.00 €

Contents

The conquest of Sichuan and Vietnam by the Chinese Empire led to very different outcomes. This volume examines the negotiations between central authority and local autonomy, the physical manifestations of socially constructed identities, and the transformation of sacred spaces which reflect broader social, political, and religious currents. It also offers a method to study spatial-social interactions in historical settings that provides insights into dynamics of power imposition and identity negotiation in local contexts. 
Experiential Architecture Analysis (EAA) serves to explore the interplay of local traditions, transcultural ideology transfer, and sacred water sites in the peripheries of Chinese culture. It analyzes the spatial ensembles of sacred sites regarding their roles for legitimation, dominance, and social resistance, while highlighting the agency of consumers to redefine spatial media.
All scholars of Chinese and Southeast Asian History, of Religious Studies or Cultural Anthropology find in this volume valuable insights for their research, especially where it concerns areas lacking reliable written sources.
 

Author

Yasmin Koppen is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Study of Religions at Leipzig University, specializing in Chinese and Southeast Asian religions. She earned her degrees in Chinese Studies and Religious Studies at Ruhr-University Bochum, with an additional focus on Vietnamese studies during her tenure as a research fellow at LWL-Museum für Archäologie in Herne. Her current research centers on defining hydrolatry as a religious category within the broader Asian context.

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