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Ritual And Ritual Texts In Early China

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This chapter studies ritual and ritual texts in the context of early Chinese religious life from the Shang to the end of the Warring States. It first discusses a number of rituals that were performed at the court and involved mainly state affairs in the Shang and early Zhou, as these are practically all we know about rituals in this early period. It then discusses certain rituals that have more to do with daily life at the local level. It is worthwhile to note that a number of rituals such as nuo and meng could be performed at various levels in society, thus it is inappropriate to classify them as either court rituals or private rituals. Finally, the chapter reflects upon the underlying cosmological assumptions of the rituals and if or how these assumptions were integrated into the intellectual traditions developed since the Warring States period.

Keywords: cosmological assumptions; early Chinese religious life; early Zhou; meng; nuo; ritual texts; Shang; Warring States period



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