Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2020, Vol. 75 ›› Issue (8): 1742-1756.doi: 10.11821/dlxb202008013

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The ternary interactive practice of the production of traditional ritual space in the tourism context

SUN Jiuxia1,2(), XU Yongxia1, WANG Xueji1,2   

  1. 1. School of Tourism Management, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275, China
    2. Center for Tourism, Lesiure and Social Development, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275, China
  • Received:2019-04-08 Revised:2020-03-12 Online:2020-08-25 Published:2020-10-25
  • Supported by:
    Major Project of National Social Science Fundation of China(15ZDB118);National Natural Science Foundation of China(41771160);Humanities and Social Foundation of Ministry of Education(19YJCZH175)


Ritual has become an excellent field for space research and theoretical interpretation due to its symbolic and social nature. In the research of ritual and ritual space, the social relationship behind ritual and its impact on ritual space have not been fully taken into account. This study takes Tunpu Dixi and Bamabadian as examples, using the method of interview, observation and literature analysis, to trace back and analyze the process and characteristics of two ritual space productions, describe the social relations that participate in and influence the ritual space production, deeply analyze each dimension of ritual space and the ternary interactive practice of space production, and try to compare and present the impact of tourism development on the changes of local traditional rituals. The study found that the traditional ritual space is shaped by the social relations of the ritual subjects, and its space production is essentially a process of "restructuring or debugging" social relations and spatial order. In the ritual space production under the influence of tourism, the differentiated interactive relationship between the spatial representation and the representational space creates the differentiated ritual space practice. In addition, the ritual space production implies the resistance to the dissolution of modernity. This study builds a theoretical framework for traditional ritual space production, and provides a new perspective for interpreting and deepening Lefebvre's space ternary interaction, in order to reveal the deeper connection between tourism and local cultural changes.

Key words: tourism influence, traditional ritual, social relations, ritual space, production of space, Tunpu Dixi, Bamabadian