Doing Winter Solstice: the Practice Modalities of Doing Religion in the Native Vocabulary

Mubin Liu (Anhui University)

The people in the South of the Yangtze River commonly call the ancestor worship ritual in the winter solstice as “doing winter solstice". The folk vocabulary of “doing” highlights the practical and sacred sense of the ritual. Citing the new Chinese religious cognitive paradigm of “modalities of doing religion”, and on the basis of a deep description and analysis of the practice modalities of the He clan's ancestor worship in the winter solstice in Daqingshan Village, Zongyang County, Anhui Province, this article explains the deep cultural logic, symbolic system and social significance it contains. The discovery of the native vocabulary of “doing winter solstice” has accumulated a fresh case for the practice of native anthropology in China.

Part of V3-02 From Uprooting to Re-rooting: Modern and Contemporary Discourses and Practices of Popular Religions in China, Wednesday, October 11, 7:30 pm–9:30 pm