In the top menu, I compiled this first page of images of the Li family Daoists early in my blogging days. Since then I’ve added many more posts and photos, but this selection makes a good introduction, so I’ve now overhauled them to make a handy way of surveying some of the topics covered there, giving links—in addition to the sub-heads of the Li family category in the sidebar.
Li Manshan doing paperwork for Hoisting the Pennant ritual, Lower Liangyuan 2003.
Li Bin’s funeral shop in Yanggao town, 2011.
Li Manshan performs the Invitation ritual, 2009.
Li Manshan decorates a coffin, Houguantun 2013.
Li Peisen (1910–85) played a crucial role in the lineage’s Daoist transmission, with his wife.
Li Peisen’s cave-dwelling in Yang Pagoda village, where he spent the entire Maoist period relatively undisturbed.
Li Qing copying ritual texts. Left, “Bestowing Food” manual, last page:
Recorded by Li Qing, disciple resident in Upper Liangyuan village, the Complete Numinous Treasure Comprehensive Ritual for Bestowing Food manual in 69 pages, completed on the 3rd day of the 5th moon, 1982 CE.
Right, copying ritual document for funeral, 1991.
The Pardon ritual, 1991 (see my film, from 48.35).
North Shanxi Arts Work Troupe, 1959. Li Qing front row, far right. His four years there (1958–62) were a brief interlude within a lifetime of ritual practice.
Li Qing (left) with fellow wind players Yang Xixi and Shi Ming, 1959.
Li Qing in the Datong Arts Work Troupe, 1959. His four years there (1958–62) were a brief interlude in a lifetime of ritual practice.
Li Qing on sheng during an informal session at his house, 1991.
Vocal trio, 2001: Li Manshan, Golden Noble, Li Bin.
Golden Noble at the soul hall, with conch and flag, 2011.
The shengguan group, 2011: left to right Li Bin, Wu Mei, Yang Ying.
Before the coffin, 2011. The vocal liturgists (Li Manshan, Wang Ding, Golden Noble), and the shengguan group (Li Bin, Wu Mei, Yang Ying).
The ritual percussion instruments: right to left, drum, bo cymbals, guo small cymbals, conch, yunluo gongs, dangdang gong, nao cymbals.
Over the day the Daoists make seven processions from scripture hall to soul hall and back to Deliver the Scriptures, as well as public rituals like Hoisting the Pennant, Fetching Water, the Invitation, the burial, and so on.
Relaxing in the scripture hall between rituals, Golden Noble and Wu Mei amused by my notebook.
Fetching Water (see film, from 41.05), Pansi village 2011.
At the grave, Yangguantun 2011.
Li Manshan pastes up exorcistic talismans around the house of the deceased.
The wind instruments, 2003. The candle wax is for tuning the reeds of the sheng mouth-organ. The dizi flute has since fallen out of use.