Family intergenerational transmission of folk beliefs in marriage convenance: based on the data analysis of Fujian X town

QUE Xiangcai1 LU Shaomei1

(1.Research Center for Rural Social Construction and Management, Department of Sociology, College of Humanity & Law, Huazhong Agricultural University)

【Abstract】Using the survey data collected in rural areas of Fujian and drawing support from multiple linear regression model, this study examines the family intergenerational transmission of folk beliefs in marriage convenance in rural areas. The examination is conducted from three perspectives, namely the belief knowledge, the belief faith and ritual participation. According to the results, there exists the effect of intergenerational transmission of folk beliefs in marriage convenance; the parents’ folk beliefs in marriage convenance could positively influence their children significantly. Regarding the folk belief knowledge and folk belief faith in marriage convenance, they are more influenced by parent-child relationship, children’s attitude of mate selection and occupation. Comparing with them, the intergenerational transmission effect of ritual participation is more significant. The children’s educational level has no significant influence on intergenerational transmission of folk beliefs in marriage convenance. There exist gender differences in intergenerational transmission of folk beliefs in marriage convenance; the influence of parents’ belief knowledge on daughter’s belief faith is significantly higher than the influence on son’s belief faith; the influence of father’s belief knowledge on children’s belief knowledge is significantly higher than mother’s belief knowledge.

【Keywords】 marriage convenance; folk beliefs; intergenerational transmission; gender; rural family;


【Funds】 special fund project of Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities of Huazhong Agricultural University (2662015py200).

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    [1]. (1) Yang Qingkun pointed out that there are two types of religion: One is the institutional religion, that is, those that rely on independent concepts, rituals and structures to have independent social institutional attributes; the other is the diffused religion, that is, those that permeate the secular system, thus became a part of the idea, ritual and structure in the secular system. The former includes Christianity, Buddhism, Taoism, etc. The latter mainly refers to Chinese folk beliefs. For detailed discussions, see Yang, Q. Religion in Chinese Society: A Study of Contemporary Social Functions of Religion and Some of Their Historical Factors (中国社会中的宗教—宗教的现代社会功能及其历史因素之研究). Fan (trans.) Shanghai: Shanghai People’s Publishing House, 268 (2006). [^Back]

    [2]. (2) Hereinafter referred to as wedding folk beliefs. [^Back]

    [3]. (3) Chinese traditional religion in the original text includes Buddhism, Taoism and folk beliefs. [^Back]

    [4]. (4) Other Beliefs in the original text contain other options in the questionnaire except for religious beliefs, Buddhism, Taoism, and Christianity, such as folk beliefs, emerging religions (such as the Tiandi, Xuanyuan, and Sōka Gakkai), and other foreign religions (such as Mohammedanism, Bahaism, etc.). Among them, folk beliefs account for 35.53% of the total sample, and 85.27% of the other beliefs. [^Back]

    [5]. (5) The specific operational approach of centering can be found in the detailed explanations in Xie, Y. Regression Analysis (回归分析). Beijing: Social Sciences Academic Press, 246–247 (2013). [^Back]


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CN: 11-3280/C

Vol , No. 06, Pages 52-63+92-93

November 2018


Article Outline



  • 1 Raise of question
  • 2 Literature review and research hypotheses
  • 3 Data, measurement and statistical model
  • 4 Research findings
  • 5 Conclusions and discussions
  • Footnote