More than 700 established Chinese folk religious temples on the island of Taiwan today give ample evidence of the fact that they are not strictly just Buddhist, Taoist, or Confucian, but rather a combination of these three religions plus other elements of a magico-religious nature, thus in practice blurring the line between the "sacred" and the "profane."
In her present study, the author ventures into the field of Chinese folk religion with a wider anthropological, historical, and sociological perspective, presenting its philosophical and religious content, domestic religious practices, the symbolism of gods and goddesses, and other related aspects.
Eleanor B. Morris Wu's study provides a starting-point for those interested in these fascinating and colourful facets of Chinese religions as they are lived and practiced in Taiwan today.
Introduction - Historical Parameters of Modern Taiwan in an Anthropological Context
Early History and Anthropology of Taiwan to the Succession to the Japanese
From the Succession of Taiwan to the Japanese to the Retrocession to the Chinese Nationalists
From China to Taiwan. Agricultural, State, and Industrial Involution in a Lineage Context
The Philosophical and Religious Content of Chinese Religion
The Historical Background of Three Taiwanese Folk Temples
The Symbolic Structure of Three Taiwanese Chinese Folk Temples
Chinese Roots of Taiwanese Sectarianism An Overview of the Varieties of Religious Practices in Taipei