Film The Heavenly Court in Song Family Village: Gender, Hierarchy, and Religious Power in a North China Village

Thursday, January 6, 2011: 3:00 PM-5:00 PM
Room 210 (Hynes Convention Center)
Gary Seaman, producer and writer; Zhifang Song, director (Center for Visual Anthropology, University of Southern California, 2009). The film focuses on a contemporary Chinese village where religious life is highly gendered with female shamans dominating most religious activities. These shamans and their gods are organized as a “court” that expresses a hierarchy of prestige analogous to the traditional Chinese imperium. Lary L. May, University of Minnesota, will introduce the film.
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