Narratives (both oral and written) related to religions and beliefs in China throughout history.
Buddhist Miracle Tales in Contemporary Hong Kong
Miracle tale is a genre of narrative that enjoys a long history in China and still maintains its popularity today. However, there are significant differences between older miracle tales and modern ones in terms of the plot, ideological beliefs and the practice of storytelling. Few researchers have studied modern miracle tales and none in the context of Hong Kong. My thesis will hence exploratively look into Buddhist miracle tales that are (re)told, collected, published and circulated in modern Hong Kong (1945 – ) from the perspective of textual anthropology. What are the contents and characteristics of miracle tales narrated, collected, published, or circulated today? How are they different from the ancient ones, and why? How are these texts used in practice in both lay and monastic Buddhist communities?