The Murals of a Village Temple: Heaven, Earth, and People

Jin Feng

Abstract


The village temples in northern Shaanxi feature beautiful murals, painted by local artisans, which visualize deities in their exercise of power to help people. This study of murals in the village temple of Dang jia shan reveals that the heavenly world of the deities is closely related to the human world where a modest harvest on the arid loess plateau very much depends on the mercy of the deities who give orders of precipitation.

Keywords


China; popular religion; village temples; murals

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