A Study on “Ghosts Governance of Mount Tai”


Chen Liu (Advanced Institute for Confucian Studies, Shandong University )

"Ghosts Governance of Mount Tai(泰山治鬼)" is a conceptual complex that includes Mount Tai's interference in life and death, the underworld of Mount Tai, and the Tai's gods governing ghosts. Relying on the initial alternating character of the East, Mount Tai formed the ability to reach heaven and earth and interfere with life and death, and became a place of communication between the gods of death and the landlords of ghosts. The general term of the underworld in the early folk beliefs was gradually fixed in the ground of Mount Tai. During the Wei and Jin Dynasties, the appearance of Mount Tai local officials, especially the chief official "Taishan Fujun", marked the initial establishment of the concept of Mount Tai's underworld. Since the Sui and Tang Dynasties, the Buddhist hell has fully absorbed and eventually replaced the Mount Tai's underworld. The Emperor Dongyue, who "dominated life and death", became the main continuation of the belief in " Ghosts Governance of Mount Tai ".

Part of V3-05 The Diversity of Folk Religious Beliefs in Contemporary Chinese Society, Wednesday, October 11, 7:30 pm–9:30 pm