The Zen Forest Heretic: The Rise of the Sanguan Emperor Belief Center during Ming and Qing

meng li (Shandong University)

Originally a Taoist deity, the Sanguan Emperor became increasingly popular during the Ming and Qing dynasties, most notably in Haizhou (now Lianyungang) where the Sanguan Emperor became a native deity due to the oral tradition. The temple of Sanguan on the Mount Yuntai in Haizhou, created during the Wanli period, developed into a center of folk belief in Sanguan covering northern China, the Central Plains and most of the southern part of the country by modifying the name of the mountain and applying to the Imperial court for Tripitaka.

Part of V3-06 The Emergence and Inheritance of Folk Literature, Wednesday, October 11, 7:30 pm–9:30 pm