Based on long-term ethnographic study, this is the first comprehensive work on the Chinese popular religion in Malaysia. It analyses temples and communities in historical and contemporary perspective, the diversity of deities and Chinese speech groups, religious specialists and temple services, the communal significance of the Hungry Ghosts Festival, the relationship between religion and philanthropy as seen through the lens of such Chinese religious organization as
shantang (benevolent halls) and Dejiao (Moral Uplifting Societies), as well as the development and transformation of Taoist Religion. Highly informative, this concise book contributes to an understanding of Chinese migration and settlement, political economy and religion, religion and identity politics as well the significance of religion to both individuals and communities.
Tan Chee-Beng, Ph.D. (Cornell University, 1979) is Distinguished Professor at Sun Yat-sen University. He has published monographs and many articles on the Chinese overseas, including
Routledge Handbook of the Chinese Overseas (2013, editor) and
Chinatowns around the World (Leiden: Brill, 2013, co-editor).
Preface Technical Notes List of Illustrations
Temples and Local Communities
Deities, Speech Groups and Temples
Temple Services, Mediums and Temple Promotion
Localization and Chinese Religion
Pudu: The Hungry Ghosts Festival
Religious Organizations and Philanthropy
Taoist Religion in Malaysia
All interested in the study of the Chinese overseas and Chinese popular religion, religion and identity politics, and the sociological significance of religion to individuals and communities.