Diverse Localised Religious Practices and Beliefs of Chinese Communities in Southeast Asia


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Session 3
Tue 14:30-16:00 REC A1.04


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Southeast Asia has incredibly rich and diverse tapestry of religions and ethnic groups. Due to geographical factors and other reasons, there has been a huge influx of Chinese migrants into Nanyang (Southeast Asia) since the mid-19th century. They not only brought their native religious practices to this area but also amalgamated these practices with the indigenous beliefs, forming diverse but unique religious synthesis. In this panel, we are going to discuss these different localised religious practices and beliefs of Chinese communities in Southeast Asia. Tan Ai Boay discusses the deification of Chinese historical figures in Malaya since the 1880s. Her research aims to identify patterns or rules within the deification process. Yang Li studies the influence of the Confucianism movement in China on Southeast Asia, with a specific focus on Singapore as a case study. Despite the Confucianism movement originating from China, her paper also delves into the discussion of localisation in Singapore. Lin Yu Sheng’s research focus on Phuket, Thailand. He compares the tutelary worship of Sino-Thais, Thai state, and the indigenous groups, and examines the syncretism and differences among these groups. Lei Bo studies the film ‘The Story of Southern Islet’ to explore the belief in land spirits at the boundary of Malaysia and Thailand. In summary, this panel focus on the amendment and hybridization of religious practices and beliefs among the Chinese communities and ethnic groups in Southeast Asia