What is it about?

This article explores the performance of a transnational network of Wangye practices, spirits, technologies, vessels, and Sinophone communities. The Wangye belief, a Fujianese popular religion performed in mainland China, Southeast Asia and Taiwan, remains widely performed and can now be found online as live streams and recorded videos of Wangye practices.

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Why is it important?

The article gives an account of what it means to stream and transmit videos of religious practices online, and how it reflects or parallels the formation of temple networks through cultural exchange and pilgrimage.


Writing this article was a challenge as I had initially wanted to do fieldwork in Taiwan but pivoting to online research meant that I could focus on how online communities were formed, and how devotees interacted with each other online during the religious festivals.

Alvin Eng Hui Lim
National University of Singapore

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This page is a summary of: Wangye practices online: From burning effigy vessels to digital networks, Global Networks, November 2022, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1111/glob.12412.
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