The Spirits' Happy Days Buddhist Festivals for the Dead in Southeast China

In China it is said that at the beginning of the seventh lunar month King Yama opens the gates of the underworld to release the spirits of the dead. During this Ghost Month the spirits are free to roam the earth and to receive offerings from the living. During this month Buddhist monasteries hold public recitation rituals in which the resulting merit is transferred to the ancestors, dead family relatives, and other dead beings in the monasteries’ Halls of Rebirth. This film documents the large scale ceremonies and rituals that take place during the Ghost Month in the Buddhist monasteries of Quanzhou City, Fujian Province, Southeast China. This film is part of the research project Buddhist Death Rituals of Southeast Asia and China (University of Bristol) funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (United Kingdom). A film by Ingmar Heise and Han Zhang.

Creator(s) Ingmar Heise, Han Zhang, Rita Langer
Funder Arts and Humanities Research Council
Contributor(s) Han Zhang, Ingmar Heise
Publication date 18 Jun 2013
Language eng
Publisher University of Bristol
Licence Non-Commercial Government License for public sector information
DOI 10.5523/bris.61jt7gde7kp612np8b0nwb0gs
Complete download (zip) https://data.bris.ac.uk/datasets/tar/61jt7gde7kp612np8b0nwb0gs.zip
Citation Ingmar Heise, Han Zhang, Rita Langer (2013): The Spirits' Happy Days Buddhist Festivals for the Dead in Southeast China. https://doi.org/10.5523/bris.61jt7gde7kp612np8b0nwb0gs
Total size 826.9 MiB

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