State and Court Ritual in China

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McDermott, Joseph Peter McDermott, Joseph P. McDermott, Faculty Of Oriental Studies
Cambridge University Press, Sep 16, 1999 - History - 446 pages
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This broad-ranging examination of Chinese state and court ritual from 1000 BC to AD 1750 represents the first modern account of the subject in any language. The essays, written by some of the most distinguished scholars in the field, demonstrate how and why ritual has played such a fundamental and often controversial role in the practice of Chinese politics. The book will be of interest to students of Chinese history and religion, as well as those seeking to understand the legacy of that history in the context of modern China.
 

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Contents

Ancient Chinese ritual as seen in the material record
20
The feng and shan sacrifices of Emperor Wu of the
50
The imperial way of death in Han China MICHAEL LOEWE
81
the bodhisattva ordination
112
The death rites of Tang Daizong DAVID L MCMULLEN
150
The ceremony of gratitude OLIVER MOORE
197
The imperial household cults ROBERT L CHARD
237
representing the state in South China
267
the community pact
299
Manchu shamanic ceremonies at the Qing court
352
reflections on ritual in imperial
399
Glossary
417
Index
437
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