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Classical Chinese Rituals

Course Description: 

Meanings, practices, and institutions of classical Chinese rituals. Examine several major Confucian ritual texts that had their origins in the classical age and focus on rituals regarding mourning, ancestral sacrifices, wedding, coming of age, communal banqueting, and daily etiquette. Investigate the evolution of classical Chinese rituals in the late imperial period (c. 1000-1900), with emphasis on the development of ritual institutions and the relationship between Confucian and Buddhist/Daoist/folk rituals over the centuries. Revival of classical rituals as a crucial component of the movement of cultural nationalism in contemporary China.

Subject: 
OSPBEIJ
Subject (Full): 
Overseas Studies in Beijing
Academic Year: 
2016-2017
Geography: 
China