TITLE

Ancestor Worship and Identity: Ritual, Interpretation, and Social Normalization in the Malaysian Chinese Community

AUTHOR(S)
Clarke, Ian
PUB. DATE
October 2000
SOURCE
SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia;Oct2000, Vol. 15 Issue 2, p273
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This paper examines the role played by the practice of ancestor worship in Malaysian Chinese culture. Approaching this practice from the point of view of the unique nature of ritual in Chinese culture, the paper looks at how this practice is interpreted by various individuals and institutions within Malaysian Chinese society to make it compatible with their own separate ideological systems. Further it demonstrates that common participation in this ritual activity at one level acts as a form of social normalization among diverse social groupings, helping to create and express a Chinese ethnic identity within Malaysian society.
ACCESSION #
3872498

Tags: ANCESTOR worship;  DEAD -- Religious aspects;  WORSHIP;  RITES & ceremonies;  ANCESTORS;  RELIGION & culture;  RITUAL;  TRADITIONAL societies

 

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