LIT Verlag

Berlin Münster Wien Zürich London

Michael Rudolph

Ritual Performances as Authenticating Practices

Cultural representations of Taiwan's aborigines in times of political change

Reihe: Performanzen: Interkulturelle Studien zu Ritual, Spiel und Theater - Performances: Intercultural Studies on Ritual, Play and Theatre, Band 14, 2008, broschiert, 288 Seiten

ISBN: 978-3-8258-0952-2

The present study examines the dynamics of the contemporary rituals of Taiwanese Aborigines following the change of this people's self-perception in times of Taiwanese multiculturalism and nativism. Based on materials collected in many years of participating observation, the author scrutinizes the efficacy of these rituals within the new religious, socio-cultural, and political context - a context that today is not only impacted by local and national, but also by global influences. Are these rituals mere folkloristic representations of culture, or do they have deeper implications for society and people's identities? The author argues that the often newly invented or re-invented rituals play a crucial role regarding the generation, confirmation and transformation of social reality in the new socio-political context.


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