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Empowered by Ancestors: Controversy over the Imperial Temple in Song China (960-1279)

Hiu Yu Cheung


By focusing on the Imperial Temple, this book explores the making of ancestral ritual norms by looking into the ritual debates in the imperial courts of Song China (960–1279). It argues that court ritual debates empowered the Song scholar-officials (shidafu士大夫‎) with the cultural authority to confront the state and reshape society. In particular, the two discourses of filial piety and political merits played crucial role in Song court ritual debates over the Imperial Temple. Both discourses had a tremendous influence on the ancestral practices of later societies. In addition, this book offers ... More

Keywords: Imperial Temple, ancestral rituals, filial piety, Daoxue, New Learning, ritual Classics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9789888528585
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888528585.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hiu Yu Cheung, author
Chinese University of Hong Kong