Legend of Nine Dragons and Two Tigers: An Example of City Temples and Blocks in Beijing
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Ju, X. (2016). Legend of Nine Dragons and Two Tigers: An Example of City Temples and Blocks in Beijing. 11 (1), 48. https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.4521
Peking Temple Survey Schedule in Capital Library of China recorded the saying of “nine dragons, two tigers and one stele”, this legend still spread in the old residents in Xizhimen Street西直门大街. Through the history research and fieldwork, this essay finds out the exact meaning of nine dragons and two tigers and the relationship with the temples, wells in Xizhimen Street. We find three characteristics of the temples in Beijing inner city through the legend: First, the temples have complicated responsibilities, clear objects and class attributes, which is the important reason for the great number of temples in Beijing. Second, the people have their own view and imagination towards the city landscape, this kind of special sense has some difference with the upper class. Finally, temples are not only served for the diverse religious and social needs of the residents, but also the basement of constructing their urban spatial aesthetics, the temples communicates the secular and gods, they are also the junction of city and universe. Based on the understanding and arrangement of the real temples, citizens construct their unique cosmic order.
This record's DOI: https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.4521
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/260290