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By Constance A. Cook

This richly illustrated e-book presents a glimpse into the idea process and the fabric wealth of the social elite in pre-Imperial China via an in depth research of tomb contents and excavated bamboo texts. element of departure is the textual and fabric proof present in one tomb of an elite guy buried in 316 BCE close to a as soon as filthy rich center Yangzi River valley city. specific emphasis is put on the function of cosmological symbolism and the character of the spirit international. the writer indicates how disease and demise have been perceived as steps in a religious trip from one realm into one other. Transmitted textual documents are in comparison with excavated texts. The structure and contents of this multi-chambered tomb are analyzed as are the contents of 2 texts, a list of divination and sacrifices played over the last 3 years of the occupant's lifestyles and a tomb stock list of mortuary presents. The texts are absolutely translated and annotated within the appendices. A first-time close-up view of a collection of neighborhood ideals which not just replicate the bigger historical chinese language spiritual method but additionally underlay the wealthy highbrow and inventive lifetime of pre-Imperial China. it really is supplied with first complete translations of texts formerly unknown to all other than a small handful of sinologists.

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Xing 2005 notes the basic ya ࠅ shape of the text and 12 month-spirits with trees depicted in the corners instead of gates. Li Ling 2000, 159-65, 190-216, discusses the preoccupation of the diviner boards, the Chu silk manuscript, and the Day Books with time. ) perhaps reminders of sacrifices (for a clear illustration, see Li Ling 2000, fig. 47). Li Ling 1998, 252, believes that the forms were depictions of animals. The images were clearly multivalent in nature. One cultural aspect of the Chu silk manuscript that scholars should keep in mind is that it was discovered in a tomb in Changsha before 1949, an era when Changsha and not Jiangling was considered the center of late Warring States-period Chu culture.

59 See “Sang daji,” in Liji Zhengzhu, sect. 19a-b. 60 Music was an expression of joy and thus inappropriate for the dying (one does not listen to music on the anniversary of a parent’s death [“Tangong, shang” ᚽըՂ, in Liji Zhengzhu, sect. 4a). Music had the power to conduct qi through the emotions (qing) and was likely viewed as a powerful force regarding the conduction of qi. The proper dance movements in accordance to music were vital to perfecting one’s spirit to become a shen; see Jao 2000 and Gong 2000.

Was compiled by Fan Zhiming ૃીࣔ (jinshi degree 1100). 40 For a discussion of methods, see Harper 1998, 148-83; Lo 2002a and 2002b. 41 Glosses of li as zao ᔡ “encounter” versus bie ܑ “separate from” date to the Han period. Wang Yi (2d c. CE) understood the title Lisao jing as “the path for departing sorrow” (reading jing ᆖʳas உ ); see You Guo’en 1982, 3-4. 39 death as journey 27 did not die slowly of illness but took his own life—a much more powerful and aggressive step into the otherworld, as he could now return as a vengeful ghost.

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