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The Qinghua “Jinteng” Manuscript: What it Does Not Tell Us about the Duke of Zhou

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This study suggests that the so-called “Jinteng” manuscript held by Qinghua University should be read independently of its received counterpart. When read on its own terms, the manuscript provides a straightforward account of rituals surrounding the Duke of Zhou’s ascension to the throne after the demise of King Wu. As such it represents a continuation of King Wu’s abdication in favor of his meritorious brother, as recorded in the Yi Zhou shu. Read in this light, the fourth century BCE manuscript provides further evidence for the prominence of abdication doctrines during the Warring States period, an intellectual tradition that was deemed subversive in the early empire and became gradually obliterated over the course of the Qin-Han dynasties.
Cet article propose de lire le manuscrit dit “Jinteng” conservé à l’université Qinghua indépendamment des textes reçus qui lui correspondent. Considéré par lui-même, le manuscrit offre une relation claire des rituels ayant entouré l’accession au trône du duc de Zhou après la mort du roi Wu. De ce fait, il représente le prolongement de l’abdication du roi Wu en faveur de son vertueux frère telle qu’elle est relatée dans le Yi Zhou shu. Considéré sous cet angle, ce manuscrit du IVe siècle avant notre ère offre de nouveaux arguments en faveur de l’importance des doctrines sur l’abdication à l’époque des Royaumes Combattants, alors que cette tradition intellectuelle était considérée comme subversive au début de l’empire et qu’elle est progressivement tombée dans l’oubli sous les Qin et les Han.

Affiliations: 1: Princeton University


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