Journal of Chaohu University ›› 2021, Vol. 23 ›› Issue (5): 22-31.doi: 10.12152/j.issn.1672-2868.2021.05.004

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The Change and Constancy of Jiao Mu: Accumulation of Legendary Texts and a Study on the Locality of Belief

1.WU Yang:School of Social Development, Nanjing Normal University,2.DOU Yu:College of Landscape Architecture, Zhejiang A&F University   

  1. 1. School of Social Development, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing Jiangsu 210023; 2. College of Landscape Architecture, Zhejiang A&F University, Hangzhou Zhejiang 311300
  • Received:2021-05-16 Online:2021-09-25 Published:2021-12-03

Abstract: The belief in Jiao Mu has a history of eighteen hundred years, and it has become an important local belief in Chaohu region. The text of Jiao Mu legend has dozens of versions from the "Annals of Three Kingdoms" to its interpretation in modern times. Behind the accumulation of texts is the tension between foreign beliefs and Jiao Mu belief, which constantly adapts to the change of times. And the constant of Jiao Mu belief is reflected in its characteristic of being limited to the local region. After thousands of years of spreading, the Jiao Mu belief has stayed in Chaohu region. This characteristic of being local is closely related to the Jiao Mu belief itself, the degree of official acknowledgement and the folk customs of Chaohu region. The locality of Jiao Mu belief dissemination is not in contradiction with the universal value of Jiao Mu. Making full use of Jiao Mu belief and its cultural connotation will be beneficial to the discourse power of Chaohu regional culture.

Key words: Jiao Mu, belief, accumulation of text, characteristic of being local

CLC Number: 

  • B933