The practice and status of divination in contemporary Taiwan

Parution de l’article de Stéphanie Homola, Pursue good fortune and avoid calamity; The practice and status of divination in contemporary Taiwan, Journal of Chinese Religions, Volume 41 Issue 2 (November 2013), pp. 124-147

Abstract

This article describes divination practices and analyses the evolution of their status in contemporary Taiwan. Unlike classical studies on divination, which focus on fortune tellers and aim to explain the symbolic system on which divination is based, this research carries out an ethnography of clients’ practices.1 Thus, in the first part of the article, I put divination practices in the context of the clients’ life stories and commitments of daily life to underline how they are led to consult, and how they process divination results. In the second part, I rely on the historical factors that have shaped the social status of divination as “superstition” from the beginning of the twentieth century onwards, and on the development of scholarly studies of divination, to account for the current evolution of its meaning in Taiwanese society. Indeed, Taiwanese social science researchers have shown a growing interest in this subject, particularly in the context of the “indigenization movement” (bentuhua 本土化), which advocates a new approach to the study of divination practices.



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Jacqueline Nivard (2014, 16 janvier). The practice and status of divination in contemporary Taiwan. Carnets du Centre Chine (CNRS/EHESS). Consulté le 24 juin 2024, à l’adresse https://doi.org/10.58079/mel0

Jacqueline Nivard

Jacqueline Nivard, Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine

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