Ritual Performances as Authenticating Practices

ab 24,90 

Michael Rudolph

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

ISBN 978-3-8258-0952-2
Band-Nr. 14
Jahr 2008
Seiten 288
Bindung broschiert
Reihe Performanzen: Interkulturelle Studien zu Ritual, Spiel und Theater –


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.