並列書名: Constructing Mazu：selected papers in Mazu cult
After a thousand years' development, the goddess Mazu has been given dozens of names and titles. Temples dedicated to her have been built wherever believers migrate. The cult of Mazu therefore has been abundantly elaborated by and embodied in Chinese local cultural concepts and values. The author uses the anthropological concepts of space, time, and identity to analyze and de-construct the cult of Mazu in the first and second chapters, proposing a theory to explain native ceremonial. In the third chapter, the author argues that the pilgrimage ritual re-defines social boundaries and reconciles social conflicts. The fourth chapter discusses how a community Mazu temple and attitudes towards the scope of its protective powers make its devotees return to and seek the blessings and protection of the Mazu goddess associated with their native place. Through this pilgrimage, Chinese migrants identify with their birthplace and establish an imagined sense of community. The fifth chapter describes how from very early on the goddess Mazu has been called on to rescue people in distress, such that the cult has become in this contemporary era of democracy an important part of the checks and balances between the people and the government.
文化媽祖：台灣媽祖信仰研究論文集；Constructing Mazu：selected papers in Mazu cult