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Author Shepherd, Robert J., 1958-
Title Faith in heritage : displacement, development, and religious tourism in contemporary China / Robert J. Shepherd.
Imprint Walnut Creek, California : Left Coast Press, [2013]

Author Shepherd, Robert J., 1958-
Series Heritage, tourism and community series ; v. 6
Heritage, tourism, and community.
Subject Tourism -- China -- Wutai Mountains -- Religious aspects.
Tourism -- Religious aspects -- Buddhism.
Buddhist pilgrims and pilgrimages -- China -- Wutai Mountains.
Heritage tourism -- China -- Wutai Mountains.
World Heritage areas -- China -- Wutai Mountains.
Wutai Mountains (China) -- Religious life and customs.
Wutai Mountains (China) -- Social life and customs.
Description 1 online resource (179 pages) : illustrations, map.
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 161-170) and index.
Summary Using the example of China's Wutai Shan--recently designated both a UNESCO World Heritage site and a national park--Robert J. Shepherd analyzes Chinese applications of western notions of heritage management within a non-western framework. What does the concept of world heritage mean for a site practically unheard of outside of China, visited almost exclusively by Buddhist religious pilgrims? What does heritage preservation mean for a site whose intrinsic value isn't in its historic buildings or cultural significance, but for its sacredness within the Buddhist faith? How does a society navigate these issues, particularly one where open religious expression has only recently become acceptable? These questions and more are explored in this book, perfect for students and practitioners of heritage management looking for a new perspective.-- Publisher description.
Contents List of Illustrations; Preface; Introduction; Chapter I: What Makes a Place "Heritage"?; Chapter II: Tourism, Heritage, and Moral Education in China; Chapter III: "Four Peaks, One River, Five Buddhist Places, and One White Pagoda": Wutai Shan as a Sacred Site; Chapter IV: Heritage from Below: Displacement, Construction, and Reconstruction; Chapter V: Chao Xiang, Bai Fo, & Lü You: Pilgrimage, Worship, and Tourism; Conclusion; Notes; Chinese-English Glossary; References; Index; About the Author.
Note English.
Print version record.
ISBN 9781611320756 (electronic bk.)
1611320755 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 843881792
Additional Format Print version: Shepherd, Robert J., 1958- Faith in heritage. Walnut Creek, Calif. : Left Coast Press, ©2013 9781611320732 (DLC) 2012023806 (OCoLC)794361910

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