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The Story of the Stones, Part 3: the Rise of Singapore’s Joint or United Chinese Temples, 1979 -2021 《石头记》三回: 新加坡联合庙的形成与演变——1979-2019
There were once over 200 kampong scattered across Singapore Island. With the expansion of the HDB, these kampong were rapidly eliminated. Many kampong contained village or neighborhood temples, and some of these found ways to move into (Lianhemiao) Joint or United Temples, in which as many as 13 different temples are shrunk down to the size of an altar along the back wall of a large open hall. Over 69 United Temples now house over 320 independent temple units. This talk draws on hundreds of inscriptions found in these temples to tell the story of the rise of these united temples. Their incredible resilience in the face of rapid urban development, and the ways in which they have preserved their ritual traditions and seek to pass on their unique spiritual heritage to the next generation will be explored in this talk. We will also discuss their challenges, internal struggles and problems of succession, and their possible future role in the overall religious ecology of Singapore.

新加坡曾经有200多座村庄(kampong),由于政府组屋区的快速发展,昔日的村庄几乎荡然无存。很多村庄原有村庙或角头庙,有者在土地变化中抱团取暖,共同合作成立联合庙以继续生存。有的联合庙保存了多达13座来源不同的庙宇单位,从单独庙宇缩小变成一台香案而已。69个联合庙保存320多庙宇单位。本场演讲将引用联合庙里的几百通碑文或铭刻来诠释联合庙的形成与变化。我们会讨论其中的庙宇是怎样生存,维持而传承它们独特的仪式传统与精神文化遗产。它们是怎样克服挑战,解决内部冲突,以及应对传承危机。联合庙会如何在新加坡的多元宗教环境中发挥它们的独特文明?本场演讲会让这些石头(铭刻文物)讲联合庙的故事。

Nov 6, 2021 02:00 PM in Singapore

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