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The article at the left was prepared in 1977 for an annual meeting of the Association for Asian Studies Pacific Area Conference in Eugene, Oregon.

The article builds on the discussion of rural spirit mediums in Gods, Ghosts, and Ancestors, available elsewhere on this web site, and tries to extend it to urban mediums and then to build a more general model for Chinese mediumship in Taiwan.

I never did anything with the article, for some reason, and reading it a quarter century later it is not clear to me that it still represents the role of the tâng-ki in Taiwan urban life. I suppose that some day I may make this the basis of a book chapter or something, but for the time being is here presented for class use only.

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