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Empowered by AncestorsControversy over the Imperial Temple in Song China (960-1279)$
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Hiu Yu Cheung

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9789888528585

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888528585.001.0001

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Socialization of the Discourse of Temple Rituals in the Late Southern Song

Socialization of the Discourse of Temple Rituals in the Late Southern Song

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(p.159) 7 Socialization of the Discourse of Temple Rituals in the Late Southern Song
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Empowered by Ancestors
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Hiu Yu Cheung

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888528585.003.0008

Chapter 7 analyzes the adoption of some ritual norms of the Imperial Temple in the writings of Southern Song and Yuan local scholars and literati. Compared to Northern Song scholars, these local elites were more interested in the moralizing effect of ancestral rituals. They highlighted the enlightening power of rectified ancestral rituals in consolidating various social organizations on the local level, especially the burgeoning system of descent groups in South China. Consequently, Southern Song and Yuan discourses on temple rituals demonstrated a shift of focus from state to society, and from theoretical disputes to liturgical practices.

Keywords:   Zhouli dingyi, prefaces to descent group records, encyclopedic collections, Family precepts

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