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Dancing with the Gods: A Spirit Medium Festival in Urban Malaysia

Raymond L. M. Lee
Anthropos
Bd. 78, H. 3./4. (1983), pp. 355-368
Published by: Anthropos Institut
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40460638
Page Count: 14
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Abstract

The activities of Sino-Malay spirit cults in the Malaysia/Singapore region have only been briefly described by Elliott (1955). In this paper the structure and activities of one such cult in urban Malaysia are reported. The syncretic practices concerned are examined through an ethnographic account of a festival held in 1980 in honour of the datuk spirits. This festival is compared with other Chinese spirit festivals in order to gauge the degree of syncretism involved. The social implications of these syncretic cults are discussed.

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