Remapping Locust Temples of Historical China and the Use of gis = $Lchi重制陳正祥之蝗神廟分佈圖與淺談 GIS 的使用

Building temples in order to obtain relief from natural plagues was a common religious practice in premodern societies. In historical China, citizens built locust temples in hope of avoiding locust infestations. There were no centrally collected records in historical China of such plagues or other n...

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Published in:Review of Religion and Chinese Society
Subtitles:$Lchi重制陳正祥之蝗神廟分佈圖與淺談 GIS 的使用
Main Author: Chen, Shih-Pei
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: 2016
In:Review of Religion and Chinese Society
Year: 2016, Volume: 3, Issue: 2, Pages: 149-163
Further subjects:B gis
B 地理信息系統
B 數據庫
B Databases
B 蝗災
B locust plague
B local gazetteers
B 八蜡廟
B bazha temple
B 地方志
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Summary:Building temples in order to obtain relief from natural plagues was a common religious practice in premodern societies. In historical China, citizens built locust temples in hope of avoiding locust infestations. There were no centrally collected records in historical China of such plagues or other natural disasters. In order to discern patterns in the distribution of locust plagues over time and geographical space throughout historical China, this paper replicates the work of Chinese geographer Chen Cheng-siang, who used local gazetteers as major sources for collecting such data. The results of this paper include a modern gis map of locust temples based on digital editions of local gazetteers, a gis dataset, and a procedural method for constructing gis maps on other topics mentioned in local gazetteers.
ISSN:2214-3955
Contains:In: Review of Religion and Chinese Society
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1163/22143955-00302002