Interpreting the Inheritance Mechanism of the Wu Yue Sacred Mountains in China

Authors: Weilin Xu*, Beijing Normal University, Shangyi Zhou, Beijing Normal University
Topics: Cultural Geography, Cultural Geography, Cultural Geography
Keywords: the Wu Yue; sacred mountain; sustainability; natural and cultural heritage
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Directors Room, Omni, West
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The sustainability of sacred mountains has attracted the attention of both international communities and scholars. However, few studies have focused on the sustainability mechanisms of sacred mountains in the cultural dimension. This article presents a case study of the Wu Yue, i.e., five sacred mountains in China, which is endowed with the highest status and has been a sustainable cultural heritage for more than two thousand years. Drawing on the approaches of structuralist geography and semiotics, this article seeks to systematically interpret the inheritance mechanism of the Wu Yue. The findings reveal that the spatial structure of the Wu Yue is determined by the thought of Five Elements Philosophy, which distinguishes the Wu Yue from other sacred mountains and has allowed it to be inherited for many generations. The presented findings are applicable in spatial management or the practice of sustainable development of the Wu Yue Sacred Mountains.

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