- Title Pages
- 1 In Place of Ritual
- 2 The City and the Pagoda
- 3 Territorial Cults and the Urbanization of the Chinese World
- 4 Global and Religious
- 5 The Muharram Procession of Mumbai
- 6 Urban Processions
- 7 Urban Megachurches and Contentious Religious Politics in Seoul
- 8 Good Thoughts, Good Words, and Good (Trust) Deeds
- 9 The Urban Development and Heritage Contestation of Bangkok’s Chinatown
- 10 Dealing with the Dragon
- 11 Contested Religious Space in Jakarta
- 12 Urban Buddhism in the Thai Postmetropolis
- 13 From Village to City
- 14 The Politics of Desecularization
- 15 Parallel Universes
- 16 The Flexibility of Religion
- 17 Cultivating Happiness
- 18 Other Christians as Christian Others
- 19 Aspiring in Karachi
- 20 Can Commodities be Sacred?
- 21 Cinema and Karachi in the 1960s
- 22 The Cinematic Soteriology of Bollywood
- 23 Media, Urban Aspirations, and Religious Mobilization Among Twelver Shi‘ites in Mumbai
- 24 Internet Hindus
Colonial Decline and Revival as Heritage in Postcolonial Hong Kong
- (p.110) 6 Urban Processions
- Handbook of Religion and the Asian City
- University of California Press
This chapter examines four religious processions in urban Hong Kong: two celebrate the birthday of the deity Tam Kung and the other two are fire dragon processions. It begins with an overview of Hong Kong's Tam Kung temples and fire dragons, along with the place of processions in Chinese folk religion. It then explores how processions reflect Hong Kong's colonial and postcolonial history as well as the state's relationship with religion. It also considers the transformation of neighborhoods from small, isolated communities and how their history is preserved in their religious festivals. Finally, it explains how modernist ideology devalued and suppressed popular religious processions until after the 1997 handover of Hong Kong to China, when they were rediscovered as “heritage”.
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