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State and Court Ritual in China : University of Cambridge Oriental Publications - Joseph P. McDermott

State and Court Ritual in China

University of Cambridge Oriental Publications

By: Joseph P. McDermott (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 5th January 2005
ISBN: 9780521621571
Number Of Pages: 460

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This broad-ranging examination of Chinese court and state ritual from 1000 BC to AD 1750 represents the first modern comprehensive account of the subject in any language. The essays demonstrate how and why ritual has played such a fundamental and often controversial role in the practice of Chinese politics. By tracing the political and social development of particular rituals, such as imperial funerals and popular religious practices or Buddhist ordination ceremonies and court audiences, the authors set out to convey their historical significance. Further discussion of the role of ritual in relation to language, and elite and popular concepts of emperorhood is included in the volume. The book will be of interest to students of Chinese history, anthropology and religion, as well as those seeking to understand the legacy of that history in modern China.

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"Students and scholars of Chinese history, history of religions, anthropologists and comparative ritual will benefit from this addition to the field." Religious Studies Review "State Court Ritual in China marks a major contribution to the study of Chinese political ritual...Taken together, these learned essays highlight the centrality of ritual to the Chinese state." The Journal of Religion

Introductionp. Joseph P. Mc
Ancient Chinese ritual as seen in the material recordp. Jessica Rawson
The feng and shan sacrifices of Emperor Wu of the Hanp. Mark Edward
The imperial way of death in Hanp. China Michae
The emperor as bodhisattva: the bodhisattva ordination and ritual assemblies of Emperor Wu of the Liang Dynastyp. Andreas Janousch
The death rites of Tan Daizongp. David L. McM
The ceremony of gratitudep. Oliver Moore
The imperial household cultsp. Robert L. Chard
The emperor in the village: representing the state in south China David Faure
Emperor, elites, and commoners: the community pact ritual of the Late Mingp. Joseph P. Mc
Manchu Shamanic ceremonies at the Qing court Nicola Di Cosmo
On theatre and theory: reflections on ritual in imperial Chinese politicsp. James Laidlaw
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ISBN: 9780521621571
ISBN-10: 0521621577
Series: University of Cambridge Oriental Publications
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 460
Published: 5th January 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 3.02
Weight (kg): 0.84