9780520071292

Death Ritual in Late Imperial and Modern China

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  • ISBN13:

    9780520071292

  • ISBN10:

    0520071298

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1990-11-01
  • Publisher: Univ of California Pr on Demand

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Summary

During the late imperial era (1500-1911), China, though divided by ethnic, linguistic, and regional differences at least as great as those prevailing in Europe, enjoyed a remarkable solidarity. What held Chinese society together for so many centuries? Some scholars have pointed to the institutional control over the written word as instrumental in promoting cultural homogenization; others, the manipulation of the performing arts. This volume, comprised of essays by both anthropologists and historians, furthers this important discussion by examining the role of death rituals in the unification of Chinese culture.

Table of Contents

PREFACE ix
PART I INTRODUCTORY PERSPECTIVES 3(34)
1. The Structure of Chinese Funerary Rites: Elementary Forms, Ritual Sequence, and the Primacy of Performance
3(17)
James L. Watson
2. A Historian's Approach to Chinese Death Ritual
20(17)
Evelyn S. Rawski
PART II 37(280)
3. Funerals in North China: Uniformity and Variation
37(34)
Susan Naquin
4. Death, Food, and Fertility
71(38)
Stuart E. Thompson
5. Funeral Specialists in Cantonese Society: Pollution, Performance, and Social Hierarchy
109(26)
James L. Watson
6. Grieving for the Dead, Grieving for the Living: Funeral Laments of Hakka Women
135(29)
Elizabeth L. Johnson
7. Gender and Ideological Differences in Representations of Life and Death
164(16)
Emily Martin
8. Souls and Salvation: Conflicting Themes in Chinese Popular Religion
180(23)
Myron L. Cohen
9. Remembering the Dead: Graves and Politics in Southeastern China
203(25)
Rubie S. Watson
10. The Imperial Way of Death: Ming and Ch'ing Emperors and Death Ritual
228(26)
Evelyn S. Rawski
11. Mao's Remains
254(35)
Frederic Wakeman, Jr.
12. Death in the People's Republic of China
289(28)
Martin K. Whyte
CONTRIBUTORS 317(2)
GLOSSARY-INDEX 319

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