"Pirates in Paradise: the formation of the Chinese transnational temple network and the cult of Lin Guniang in Pattani"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring 2014

  • Date: Apr 15, 2014
  • Time: 15:30 - 17:00
  • Speaker: Kenneth Dean (East Asian Studies, McGill University)
  • Professor Kenneth Dean is James McGill Professor and Drs. Richard Charles and Esther Yewpick Lee Chair of Chinese Cultural Studies in the Department of East Asian Studies of McGill University. He is currently Visiting Research Professor in the Asia Research Institute and the Department of Chinese Studies of NUS.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Room: Conference Room
"Pirates in Paradise: the formation of the Chinese transnational temple network and the cult of Lin Guniang in Pattani"

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The story of the 16th century Chinese pirate Lin Daoqian and his adventures all across the South China Sea reveals another side to the establishment of Chinese trading networks and temple cults in Southeast Asia. A history of violence can be found within this network from its earliest days. This includes the suicide of Lin’s sister, Lady Lin Guniang, in Pattani. The growth of her cult in the 19th century and into the present day allows us to observe the afterlife of violence and rival claims to local power in a highly contested area.

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