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Les cloches dans les temples de Pékin : paysages sonores et espaces sacrés de la capitale d’Empire, 1420-1900

Abstract : To what extent did bells contribute to the formation of soundscapes in the temples of Ming-Qing Beijing and to the construction of the temples as sacred spaces in the city? By using multiple types of materials, including extant objects, epigraphic data, religious texts, local histories, and the writings of scholars, this PhD thesis argues that bells emitted spiritually meaningful sounds, built bridges between different worlds, reconstructed the space and structured the time of the religious site that housed them. They gave the temples of Beijing a particular sound environment where a major place was given to quietness, which represented the sacred identity of an ideal Chinese religious foundation. Residents and visitors to the capital in the late imperial period not only wanted to realize exchanges between gods and men in the various temples of the city, but also sought extraordinary sensory perceptions, in order to obtain a divine experience different from the everyday life. This suggests that studies of Chinese temples should seek to combine the “historiographical” approach, which studies historical facts that took place in religious sites, with the “poetic” approach, which illustrates how these sites are represented. We can achieve the meeting of these two lines of inquiry by taking a more active interest in the sensory culture in temples.
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Yang Lei. Les cloches dans les temples de Pékin : paysages sonores et espaces sacrés de la capitale d’Empire, 1420-1900. Religions. Université Paris sciences et lettres, 2020. Français. ⟨NNT : 2020UPSLP048⟩. ⟨tel-03179464⟩

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