A Simple Spiritual Building: Guima Earth Shrine

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Peter Blundell Jones
Derong Kong

Abstract

The Dong People live in South-West China, in a mountainous and formerly inaccessible landscape. All
Dong buildings were traditionally constructed by local carpenters. In this paper will focus on a small
Dong spiritual building, an Earth shrine. It is a village shrine in Guima village. The shrine links the value of the
family with the fertility of the earth. It is a communal site combining individual observances for a confirmation
of shared belief, and a construction of society. The shrine also serves as a spiritual place where villagers can
pray for blessing. After a short general introduction, this narrative approach addresses the building before
teasing out the social and theoretical issues.

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Jones, P. B., & Kong, D. (2016). A Simple Spiritual Building: Guima Earth Shrine. Nakhara : Journal of Environmental Design and Planning, 12, 25-30. Retrieved from https://ph01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/nakhara/article/view/103504
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