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In the Nineteen Nineties, ritual exercise within the southern rural areas of the municipality of Beijing was patchy. While we discovered few ritual associations in the counties of Gu’an, Fangshan, and Zhuozhou south of the town, the groups within the suburban counties of Daxing and Tongxian, southeast of Beijing, have been nonetheless actively offering ritual companies.

Like different associations on the Hebei plain, these groups have ongoing ritual traditions, and clear hyperlinks to Daoist clergymen and Buddhist monks. But these groups are distinguished by their proximity to Beijing, and by the truth that many groups acquired their ritual solely within the Nineteen Fifties, as laicized clerics sought to transmit their information to villagers. Thus though they aren’t “old associations”, missing the early historical past of most village groups that we discovered simply additional south on the plain, they…


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