Meeting the Multifaceted Goddess: Images of Baijie Shengfei

Megan Bryson: “Meeting the Multifaceted Goddess: Images of Baijie Shengfei”

The goddess Baijie Shengfei (Holy Consort White/Bai Sister) is worshiped only in the Dali region of Southwest China’s Yunnan Province, but this geographical specificity belies the complexity of her identities. This paper focuses on images of Baijie Shengfei from the Dali kingdom (937–1253) to the present to understand how her visual representations have reflected and shaped understandings of her divine femininity.