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Zheng Xuan’s Commentary On The Zhouli

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This chapter reports on the findings that emerged in the course of a comprehensive reading of the Zheng Xuan commentary attached to the standard Thirteen Classics, with Commentary and Subcommentary recension of the Rituals of Zhou. It presents an initial review of those infrequent points encountered in my line-by-line perusal of the Zheng Xuan commentary that may be of relevance to contemporary Zhouli scholarship from a variety of interpretive perspectives. These include certain moments in which Zheng, and other writers before and after him, respond critically to one another's interpretations, a few definitions and elucidations of specific terms and expressions that the author find significant, and those scattered passages in which the master exegete indulges, to varying degrees, in more detailed demonstrations of the unparalleled command of Han ritual lore commonly attributed to him.

Keywords: Han ritual lore; Zheng Xuan; Zhouli



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