Translated Titles

Cultural Exploration, Accommodation and Fusion: On Customs and Beliefs in the Lake Dongting Region in Northern Song


李鎮(Zhen Li)

Key Words

《岳陽風土記》 ; 洞庭湖 ; 風俗 ; 服飾 ; "Records of Local Customs in Yueyang" ; Lake Dongting ; popular customs ; clothing



Volume or Term/Year and Month of Publication

11卷1期(2013 / 04 / 01)

Page #

39 - 50

Content Language


Chinese Abstract


English Abstract

In the twelfth-century work "Records of Local Customs in Yueyang", the section on "customs of Jiangxi" is not actually a description of the Jiangxi West Circuit but rather of the local Chu people. Jiangxi here refers to alluvial islands in western Baling county. In the northern Song, the customs and beliefs of the Lake Dongting region were frequently explained by reference to legends of the earlier pacification of the south by the central government. This reflects not only the extension of central government power but also efforts to demonstrate the orthodox status and preserve the continuity of local culture. Within a common cultural landscape, different social groups maintained their own cultural views and behaviors. The formation of social practices and beliefs in a particular area is not the product of simple adoption but rather reflects a historical process involving cultural exploration, accommodation and fusion among local tradition, commercial society, and the state order.

Topic Category 人文學 > 歷史學
人文學 > 人類學及族群研究